We’re a nation of immigrants, some more recent than others. People have come here for a long time. Some were looking for opportunity, a chance to own some land, to find work, to learn a trade, to practice a trade they’d learned somewhere else, to have choices they’d never had before. Some were looking for freedom, freedom they couldn’t find anywhere else, freedom that could be taken for granted here. Some were trying to escape from floods, droughts, famines, and other disasters. Some were brought here in chains. And some were refugees. They were trying to escape persecution, war, and genocide. They were running for their lives and their children’s lives.
We all ended up here, and, eventually, we found ways to live together even though it wasn’t easy. And we all became Americans.