Members of Congress are shaking their family trees, looking for immigrant ancestors. However long in the grave, such ancestors invariably rise up to support their descendants' views on illegal immigration.
"You can make any point with it," University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato noted of the myriad immigrant-ancestor stories emanating from Washington.
"Most of them came legally, so people who oppose (citizenship for illegal immigrants) can say, 'My people did it the right way.' Then, people who want the immigration bill say, `This is what America is based on, immigration,"' Sabato said. [Link]