Thursday, October 24, 2013

Immigrants build the nation

This U.S. Congressman tells his family story as immigrants and how hard they worked to raise their children. He is pushing for immigration reform and trying to get his fellow legislators to work with him.    - - Donna Poisl

By Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

I am the oldest of eight children, and my parents used to take me out to the fields — las piscas — to be with them, as they worked in the hot sun. 

Some of the earliest photos of me as a young child are black-and-whites together with my parents in the fields.

My father was a migrant worker from Guerrero, Mexico, who came to America not for handouts, but to work. He worked as a laborer when he met my mother.

My father and mother only reached a second and sixth grade level of education, respectively, but they instilled in their children a powerful sense of family, a strong work ethic, and the promise that if we worked hard, got an education, and played by the rules, our level of achievement would be limited only by our effort.
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