“I just hate how all these illegal kids are coming over the border. They should send them all back.”
I was dumbfounded, recently, when approached by an acquaintance who said these very words to me.
Besides the fact that I cringe when hearing human beings referred to as ‘illegal,’ the woman I was talking to was an immigrant herself. She was fortunate to be an adult when she fled persecution in Russia, coming to this country only after paying fees and waiting 3 months – “Why”, she asks, “should someone else be allowed to skip the burden I endured?”