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September 29, 2014


The first immigrants to North America were the ancestors of the American Indians. They wandered across the Beringean land bridge between Alaska and Siberia during one of the Ice Ages, hunting and gathering, slowly making their way down into North, Central, and South America. The second wave of immigrants were your ancestors and mine–conquistadors, English […]

A (Very) Short History of Immigration

September 13, 2011


Since immigration has become such a contentious issue in American life, I thought a short history of immigration might help all parties make their arguments with greater historical accuracy, and thus persuade their opponents to fall on their swords and accept the finality of their points of view. Or, not. To begin, we need definitions. […]

The Face of Illegal Immigration

August 7, 2011


In the complicated calculus of how to treat illegals, we often lose sight of the human being. We throw statistics at each other, claim the high ground of law or call upon Christian compassion. We argue from the point of view of economics, tradition, honor or patriotism, and sometimes even throw in the Constitution, thinking […]

Solving the Immigration Conundrum, or Lining Up the Present with the Past

May 31, 2010


Not too long ago I was in Miami, often called the “cultural capital” of Latin America because it is a city of immigrants who have poured into southwestern Florida from all across Latin America. The flavor of Latin America is stamped everywhere. I hardly ever speak English when I’m in Miami since I am bilingual, […]