Even if they had managed to enter the country, they would have not been able to afford a green card to live and work here legally. (A green card currently costs between 300 and 500 dollars, and the subsequent processing fees run between 200 and 400 dollars.) My English ancestors were listed in the British census as "agricultural laborers"... a nice way of saying "peasants". My Swiss great grandparents loaded their five children on a cart and headed to France to take a boat to America. Switzerland was not always the wealthy nation it is today. There were frequent periods of economic depression and famine.
Steven Miller, the chief architect of the current administration's immigration policies, would certainly not be here. His great grandparents escaped the anti-Jewish pogroms of czarist Russia and arrived here with eight dollars in their pockets.
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