Sheldon Adelson’s Op-Ed

In Politico, GOP rainmaker Sheldon Adelson (J-Tribe) has an op-ed titled “Let’s Deal With Reality and Pass Immigration Reform“:

Radio show hosts and political pundits are suggesting that the primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor [J-Tribe – Ed.] is the final nail in the coffin for passing immigration reform in this session of Congress. They surmise that other Republicans will be especially reluctant to tackle the issue for fear of losing political support….

As a Republican, it’s my view that efforts to complete immigration reform should be led by our party. Some on the outer fringes of the GOP may disagree, but the truth is we are humans first and partisans second. Frankly, the Democrats don’t have a monopoly on having hearts…

Most of the immigrants who are here illegally came for the same reason as those who are here legally—a chance to make a better life for themselves and their families. They came heeding the famous words of poet Emma Lazarus [J-Tribe – Ed.] that have welcomed generations of immigrants, including my parents, to the United States as they pass the Statue of Liberty and her golden torch: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.”…

[W] ith the exception of Native Americans, we are all immigrants or descendents of immigrants. Let us determine a long-term path to citizenship that is unambiguous. For us to do anything less would be a repudiation of the very foundation that has made America the world’s greatest melting pot

My parents immigrated to the United States from Eastern and Northern Europe, and my siblings and I were born here. Had my parents brought me here as an undocumented infant, would I now be subject to deportation, even as a senior citizen?

How wonderful it is to be reminded by Mr. “I want my son to be a sniper for the IDF” Adelson of the origins of both the “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” line (by Emma Lazarus) and the “melting pot” metaphor (coined Israel Zangwill.)

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