In recent days, I and my OpsLens colleagues such as Angela Newsom and Brian Brinker, have written about issues regarding immigration, citizenship, and the trials ICE is facing, targeted by the neo-leftists’ disrespect for America’s laws and legal traditions.
So, when my daughter texted me a little story about a legal immigrant she’d just met, fondly remembering people like her I’d met while on the job, I felt compelled to pass it along.
My daughter was out working in her garden when she noticed a woman strolling by on the sidewalk. The woman stopped and smiled. She was in her late 60s to early 70s. In her accented English, she told my daughter her name was Miriam, and that she lived nearby. She said she’d come to America from Syria about six years ago.
Miriam explained to my daughter (yes, my daughter is one of those people folks just like to talk to) she’d come to the U.S. after “losing everything.” She said she’d lived in a beautiful stone house “before we had to leave because someone bombed it.” My daughter didn’t want to push her for more obviously painful memories, but she said she could only imagine what the rest of Miriam’s life story was like. Perhaps, during their next chat.
Then Miriam, puffing up with pride, smiled and told her, “I get to become a citizen this year.”
“Gets to, were her words,” my daughter emphasized.
She finished Miriam’s story with, “She was very excited and called me ‘friend’ after she’d said, ’citizen!’”
America needs more friends, more citizens, more legal immigrants like Miriam. Some people get it because they know how fortunate they are to get to become an American.