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April 05, 2006

An Immigration Debate Framed by Family Tie

In the New York Times there is a moving article by Rachel L. Swarns, published: April 4, 2006;

“WASHINGTON During the heated immigration debate on Capitol Hill, some Republicans have portrayed immigrants as invaders, criminals and burdens to society. But for Senator Pete V. Domenici, Republican of New Mexico, the image that comes to mind is that of his mother and the day the authorities took her away.

It was 1943, World War II was raging, and federal agents were sweeping through Albuquerque hunting for Italian sympathizers. They found Mr. Domenici's mother, Alda V. Domenici, a curly-haired mother of four and a local PTA president who also happened to be an illegal immigrant from Italy. Mr. Domenici, who said he was 9 or 10 years old then, wept when his mother vanished with the agents in their big black car.

Now 73, Mr. Domenici surprised many of his colleagues when he stood up on the Senate floor last week and shared the story, which he has kept mostly to himself for much of his life”.

At; http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/washington/04immig.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 5, 2006 07:24 AM

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