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VIEWPOINT : For fences and a path to citizenship

Published 11/28/2007

WASHINGTON - In retrospect, my grandparents had it easy. They sailed here in steerage from Denmark at the turn of the last century, carrying little money and a squalling infant who much later became my mother. But they were legal, welcomed by a government that had enticed them to come with exaggerated claims of Western glories and jobs, jobs, jobs. Denmark was then, as was much of Europe, in a deep depression and the high unemployment rate was staggering.

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