The truth is that only native Americans are not immigrants. "Immigration reform" should start with this premise. Also, many of the "immigrants" from Mexico are actually of native American ancestry, and THEIR ancestors were on this continent, and even in what is now geographically the United States, long before whites. I grew up in Monterey, California, which was the Spanish, and later the Mexican, capital of California. In Carmel is the head of the Spanish missions to the Indians in California, and there are still tribes of mission Indians (and even federally unrecognized Indian tribes in the Big Sur region). When my mother taught school in the Salinas Valley, some of the children of migrant workers whom she taught did not speak Spanish; they spoke Indian languages. There ancestors moved back and forth across what is now the border between the US and Mexico, even as these people do today. Our "immigration reform" needs to take this sort of thing into account. We can behave like conquistadores and be hated, or we can begin to accept that we, whites, were not here first on this continent.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 01:34