Thursday, May 26, 2016

This is the Immigrant the Trumpies Want to Deport

Tears tream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

I single him out not because he's unusual, but because he's typical.  All "real Americans" are immigrants or descendants of immigrants.  There is no such thing as an American who is not an immigrant or the descendants of immigrants.

As I have said before, the only people on this continent with the right to demand deportation of immigrants are full-blooded natives, who have a genuine grievance against the interlopers who have ruined their home.

This young man is us.  We are him and we always have been.  It's silly to say immigrants are the best of America, because immigrants are all of America.

From the Herald:
As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, New York, on Saturday, he was overcome with emotion. Tears rolled down both cheeks, but his gloved left hand held firm on his white, gold and black "cover," the dress headgear that Army cadets wear.

The photograph of Idrache, by Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant, was published Tuesday on the Facebook page of West Point's U.S. Military Academy, and it almost immediately went viral. Part of that is Idrache's background: He worked his way through one of the nation's most prestigious military schools after immigrating to the United States from Haiti, earning his citizenship and serving for two years as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard, according to Army records.

"I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments," Idrache wrote Tuesday on Facebook. "I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth."

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1 comment:

Carla said...

Sadly, there are many, too many, low information voters in our nation. People who deny facts, or simply do not know the facts regarding our nation's inequality, our crumbling infrastructure, most immigrants come here and work hard, have a really low crime rate, our health care is inferior to that of other nations, unless one is very wealthy. These folks flock around Trump as he spouts easy answers, much like the Televangelists, and loud celebrity types. Our nation seems to be besotted with celebrities, and you have to admit that Trump has made a name for himself, and he is a celebrity.
He is an actor and he will play other roles in the coming months. He may even try to tone down is xenophobia, racism, misogyny, and bigotry. However, we cannot have amnesia, because what he has been spewing, now, is the "REAL" Trump.
It is obvious why he will not release his taxes, despite the fact that every other candidate for the last 40 years has released their tax information. He has paid no taxes. He, as Senator Warren states, is probably quite proud of that fact.
One other frightening aspect of Trump, aside from his disgraceful disrespect of anyone but old, uber wealthy old men, is that Trump really does not know what he does not know, regarding the Constitution, our domestic policies and our foreign policies.