A lot of fuss is made about immigrants and the blight they are on our society. Most immigrants are law-abiding, tax-paying members of our community. They are our neighbors and teachers, doctors and domestic workers and for some of us, they are our parents.
Last week, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and the University of California at Davis Immigration Law Clinic put on a workshop to help 80 people complete their naturalization forms. Of the 15 people I helped, not a single one had so much as a traffic ticket, and they all had paid their taxes since coming here.
That is the common immigrant experience, the same as when Emma Lazarus wrote "The New Colossus" about immigrants from a different shore. Thank you to the University of the Pacific for hosting the event.