Friday, September 22, 2006

Melting Pot

Earlier this week, the three of us took the subway downtown so that
Amy and I could get fingerprinted as part of our application process
for our second child from China. Even though we just did this a
couple of years ago as part of Jada's application, they still have to
run our federal records to make sure we haven't committed any crimes.

It's a bit of a hassle but it's also a fascinating experience. The
immigration office was almost full, even at 8:30 in the morning.
Mostly you saw Mexicans and a few Asians. A friend of mine who
recently married a woman from Korea was there, as she was getting her
paperwork taken care of.

Certainly, this bureau is gotten a lot more complicated in the
aftermath of 9/11. And many would argue we'e become more hostile to
immigrants since then. Nevertheless, as I spent the morning in the
midst of all this, I couldn't help but come to the conclusion that
people from all around the world still want to become US citizens.

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