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Friday, April 14, 2006

New Arrivals

Mary Anastasia O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal (subscription), reporting form a backyard pig roast in Florida celebrating the arrival of Cuban refugees:

Anyone who truly wants to understand why walls and border guards and threats of felony charges aren't likely to change the dynamics of U.S. immigration really ought to spend some time with new arrivals, as I did last Saturday. What you learn from migrants is that escaping the dead-end life of privation and bad government is only part of what pushes them to set sail. An equally powerful force is the irresistible attraction of America, a pull so strong that it brings the voyagers through perils they are extremely lucky to survive. What you learn from their American employers is the unequaled value placed on these tenacious and grateful newcomers as employees.

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