Former legislator Stan Adelstein, a sponsor of this blog, reminds us that refugees provide great service to the country that welcomes them. In this case, the refugee in question is the mother of Adelstein’s children:
75 years ago my children’s mother arrived on the last refugee ship from Europe in New York City, after fleeing for 18 months. Her parents, herself and brother and sister were barred by a quota – not very different from a quota now proposed.
…Two of her two sons, born in freedom, committed their careers two public service. Her oldest, a West Point graduate, Special Forces Lt. Col. and senior staffer for Sen. Mike Rounds; her youngest a Commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission, as well as director of the Rural Utilities Service. Two US SD US Senators, of different parties told me that they were the most effective and committed members of their staff.
Who might be those gifted servants of America, never to be born, because their mother was not permitted to enter this promised land of freedom [Stanford Adelstein, “A Mother’s Day Tribute to a Refugee Mother,” A Way to Go, 2017.05.09].