Alberto’s ” unclear” about how his grandparents got here



GONZALES: Well, three of my grandparents were born in Mexico. They came to Texas. My parents — both of my parents were born in Texas, extremely poor. My mother…

BLITZER: But when they came to Texas, were they legally documented, were they unlegally documented?

GONZALES: You know, it’s unclear. It’s unclear. And I’ve looked at this issue, I’ve talked to my parents about it, and it’s just not clear.


  1. What most Americans don’t realize is that until 1965 there was no limit placed on immigrant visas granted to Latin-Americans. Given that fact, its hardly surprising that there would be confusion about whether or not Gonazalez’ grandparents were “legal” or not. The fact is that in those open-border days, legalization was just not a big issue for Mexicans. Personally, I think that system worked a lot better. But that’s just me.

  2. This is a comment about Jon’s statement above. The comment about enforcing the nation’s laws regarding immigration is as ludicrous as it is asinine. There are roughly 14 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. These people work in areas that most Americans would not deign to work and for wages that are much lower than what “legal” Americans would accept. Making all these people “go home” would be an logistical and financial nightmare. These illegals are part and parcel of the fabric of this society. If they left, the cost of produce would soar, restaurant and other service industry sectors would skyrocket and there would be a labor drain that would hurt, if not cripple our economy. The horse is out of the barn. Pandora’s box has been opened. We should realize this and act accordingly and fairly. These people have been here and have contributed to the prosperity of this country. Let’s put aside the racist/jingoistic attitudes that only show our ignorance and intolerance. Let us embrace the ideal that ALL who come here are worthy of being americans.”Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses,” should resonate with each one of us because we are all immigrants;our forefathers came here appealing to this country’s humanitarian conscience..we would do well to remember that.

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