Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Immigrant Experience (with Candy)

From the (Glenview, Ill.) Pioneer Press of Dec. 15, 2005:

Students act to empathize with immigrant forebears


The eighth-graders at Cary Junior High were subjected to intense interrogations Friday.

If their birth certificates, passports and marriage licenses weren't in order, they were sent packing.

Luckily for them, the mock Ellis Island was only a simulation, and packing meant a trip to the end of the line, not back to their home country.


Upon entering the U.S., the immigrant-students' first checkpoint was with Master [Brent] Lueck.


If he questioned their loyalty, they were sent to a possible political threat area where they were required to copy the preamble to the U.S. Constitution five times.

Travis Comer, 13, was one of the students whose loyalty was questioned.

"My hand hurts, but I guess it's a good way to judge my loyalty," he said.


After about four hours of waiting, processing and testing, the students finally made it to the New York harbor with a smile and Jolly Rancher candy to greet them.

[Read the whole story]

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