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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 8, 2015 When the subject of immigra- tion comes up, the conversa- tion generally revolves around Hispanics - individuals from Mexico, and those in the United States illegally, crossing borders, jumping fences and hiding in vehicles to escape their native country. But there is much, much more to it than that, as an As- sociated Press story last week revealed. On Sept. 9, the U.S. State Department issued a bulle- tin detailing which categories of foreign-born individuals could file their green card paperwork to remain in the U.S. legally, following the directives of an executive order issued by Presi- dent Barack Obama to simplify our immigration system. But on Sept. 25, the State Department revised the notice without notice or comment, sharply limiting those who could apply. Many of these people, mostly skilled high-tech workers from India and China, had already spent an estimated $2 million total to get their green card process started, hiring lawyers to handle paperwork, getting physical exams and pay- ing for inoculations, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle Sept. 28. If the State Department's Sept. 25 revision stands, thou- sands of skilled foreign-born temporary residents will face a choice - return home, costing U.S. businesses millions of dol- lars, or remain here illegally, as other immigrants have chosen to do. This latest development is an- other reason why it's vitally im- portant that we get away from the screaming, hysteria and xenophobia surrounding those coming here illegally and have a serious, sober discussion about immigration. We need to force our elected officials, particularly in Congress, to put aside the partisanship and pandering to the extremes, and deal with this issue which has been around literally for hundreds of years. It's difficult to understand sometimes how a country that was founded on and by im- migrants, no longer likes im- migrants. An interactive map on the Pew Research website tiffed "From Ireland to Ger- many to Italy to Mexico: How America's Source of Immigrants Has Changed in the States, 1850 -- 2013" illustrates this process well. In 1850, the top-two foreign- born populations were the Irish (1 million), living along the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, and the Germans (600,000), who called the Mis- sissippi Valley, Texas and Great Lake area states home. Thirty years later, the Ger- man (2 million) presence had grown throughout the Midwest and into the South, the Irish (1.9 million) had diminished in the East and the Chinese were the top immigrant population throughout the three Pacific Coast states, Idaho and Nevada. By 1930 the Germans (1.8 million) still maintained a large presence in the Midwest, while Mexicans had replaced the Chinese in the Southwest and California, Canadians (1.3 mil- lion) doing the same in the Pa- cific Northwest and Italians (1.8 million) in New York and other middle New England states. Those trends remained until 1980 and beyond when legisla- tion in 1965 ending race-based, highly restrictive immigration quotas in place since the 1920s began to show its effects. Since then the number of immigrants from Mexico has grown, ranging from 2.2 million and being the majority immigrant population in 10 Western states in 1980 to 11.6 million and being the dominant immigrant population in all but 14 states by 2013. An interesting point in all this is how the percentage of all foreign-born people in the U.S. changes over this time- frame. In 1880, 13.3 percent were foreign-born, rising to 14.8 percent by 1890 and re- maining in the teens until the 1940s when it started declining into single digits, bottoming out at 4.7 percent in the 1970s before rising again to 13:1 per- cent in 2013. And, it's expected to be even higher by the middle of this century. These immigrants have brought many things to our country. Their expertise has helped us in science and tech- nology - without the help of German scientists would we have reached the moon? - their hard work and willing- ness to perform tasks many natural born citizens don't want to do has kept commerce flowing - including those here illegally. It's time we acknowledge this. It's time we realize that as a nation, one of our calling cards is the beacon we have lit inviting those from other lands to come to our shores to seek a better life. It's time we put aside the rhetoric, and have a serious discussion about immigration. Write to the Point r es still BY PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The last of a number of dump loads hit the scales at the Valley Transfer Station at a shade over 760 pounds. In large part this was not unlike a hundred other trips to unload a trailer full of junk, but there were some dif- Paul Delaney ferences, most notably this time my wife was riding "shotgun." This was not a first I was reminded, but relatively rare. Sexist as it is, I do the dirty work at the dump, she scrubs the toilets at home - neither be- ing either of our favorites but jobs that must be done. Coupled with a meeting at the closing attorney's office in just a few days to sign the final papers, one of those chapters in our family's lives you never really give much thought to has it's final entry as the home my wife's mother occupied for the past 43 years becomes someone else's property. FREE SS Vol. 119 - No. 25 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Editor John McCallum Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Dawn Chernak Rachel Stuart Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/ Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, A1 Stover, Brittani Montecucco, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press isThe Free Press re- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead- ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which .will be strictly president. Periodical post- enforced: OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT age paid at Cheney, Wash. AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.m.* 99004. Published at 1616 W. CHURCH, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL SOCIAL First Street, Cheney, Wash. NEWS -- Monday, noon* 99004. 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I hoped I'd like it, that dlers, our kids opened gifts something we all knew would I didn't have to pick out any prior to the arrival of other happen sooner rather than lat- mushrooms, because up 'til family and friends. Later in the er, but as with all death we're then I had a painfully boring evening the home was always never really quite prepared history with food. abuzz with the hum of dozens when it arrives. A couple of years later the of conversations and fun that That trip to the transfer home hosted leg-two of our lasted to all hours of the night. station not only shed the last wedding reception, a party ofPerhaps one of the most batch of stuff that wasn't fit for epic proportions around thefitting gatherings might have another person's use but along swimming pool. Two things been the final Christmas Eve theway a few tears, too. stand out from that day over spent in the home a'couple of Because while there had and above the wedding, years ago, one that featured been at least three similar One was Jan emerging four generations with "Nana" drives with trailer in tow, nu- from the house and yelling in on one end of the age spectrum merous trips to Goodwill visits her raspy voice the question, and her great grandson, Logan from Volunteers of America "Is everybody having a goodthe other. and an estate sale to clear the time?" That appeared evident Through all that has gone place for the next family, this when our friend Sonny dove on in the emotional roller- was it, the final time we'd into the pool in his wool suit. So coaster ride of the past year, my sweat and fret. much for another wearing, wife and I have vowed to make The race to prepare the place It was amazingly to think that sure one thing does not repeat for sale while the market was 35 years ago this Thanksgiving itselfwhenit'stimeforourkids good was a six-month marathon we held the first public unveil- to assist us moving. with a summer sprint at the end ing of our first-born there. And We've already started the to empty rooms of furniture and since we know babies do notprocess of cleaning out closets, closets of clothes and shoes, come with any type of owners' shelves, nooks and crannies And as much as we were able manual, how were my wife and I and clearing the clutter to cut to vacate the place of stuff, fond to know to bring a spare outfit in down on tearful trailer loads. memories will always remain, case of a diaper explosion? Paul Delaney can be reached I nervously met my future For decades a Christmas at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. John McCallum A1 Stover Editor Staff Reporter Main contact for all editorial content. Coy- Covers all Education (Cheney, Medical ers Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Lake and Eastern Washington University) Heights news as well as selected Cheney as well as selected Cheney High School High School sports. Sports. jmac @ cheneyfreepress.com al @cheneyfreepres~com Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covers all Business, Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington Univer- sity sports. Contact for miscellaneous sports. pde/aney @ cbaney[reepress.com