Is there really such a thing as a “clown visa”?
“My family has been in America since before the Revolutionary War. There are times that I wish I actually were first generation, but it’s kind of weird to think that my family has been here that long.”
Thanks to Matthew A. Everett of Single White Fringe Geek and Jay Gabler of City Pages for checking out the show and weighing in.
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“My Great Grandmother came over from Germany when she was 2 years old. She was one of my favorite story tellers. Since she was very young when she came over she didn’t have many stories of her time in Germany that I remember, however, I loved listening to her stories of growing up in her family culture. I think my Papa definitely brought some of that culture into his family and my dad brought that to me and my sisters.”
“All too many immigration stories involve a harrowing, death-defying flight from danger. But all of them, every one, involves the dream of a better life for the immigrant and their family, the risk that those dreams won’t come true, and the hope that their adoptive country will embrace and shelter them. This perspective is a gift my grandmother gave me, and it’s the perspective I try to keep in mind as our country strives to understand what, from now on, it means to be an immigrant.”
“My fiancé’s grandmother and grandfather immigrated from Latvia. His grandmother, Velta Sparins, was among the first women biology researchers at the University of Minnesota and made history during the women’s rights movements. She has always been a strength to look up to I am grateful for America to be a place for many to seek refuge and thrive.”
“Both my grandparents on my dad’s side were from Bohemia (Czech Republic). They were first generation in the US. My grandfather was born just a few months after his parents arrived. My grandmother was 6 or 7 when her family arrived. Both families moved to Nebraska. I know it was a hard life more because of the stories they didn’t share than those they did.”
“My family is Pennsylvania Dutch, which are descendants of refugees that fled religious persecution in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is incredible to think that so many years ago, people I am related to took a very long journey based off of the necessity for a new opportunity. “
“I think of my dad when Borat talks about his mother who is sick back home in Russia. Like Borat, my dad would often send money back to his family. My grandmother did have the opportunity to visit Minnesota, and though my dad begged her to stay and assured her he would pay for everything, she said she had to go back, ‘where I am loved and I am needed.’ He knew that would be the last time he saw her.”