The color of immigration

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President Trump recently referred to the countries from which some immigrants enter our country as “s--thole.”

As a first-generation American, I wonder if I am of “s--thole” heritage. My father, a Greek, born and living in Turkey, and my mother, from Hungary, neither speaking each other’s native language nor that of their new home country, nevertheless met, fell in love and married. What a place, this amazing America … and here I am, a product of assimilation.

I, that product, after high school, attended the free NY State Tech, garnering an associate degree before joining the Air Force during the Korean War. The G.I. bill thereafter allowed me to earn tuition-free degrees from Pratt and Columbia University schools of architecture and set the future for a marvelous life for my wife and me and our children.

That is my America, a first-generation American architect, the product of two immigrants from possible “s--thole” countries. Oh, I forgot — they were white, not that our president would know the color of folks from strange-sounding places to him like Greece or Hungary.

I love our country; thus, all the more, do I loathe this mistake of “Leader” thrust upon us. May he continue his obsession on his golf green and joyously languish there never to return to the White House. Paraphrasing Trump’s derogatory geographical locations as as “s--tholes,” I wish him out there on the green to live happily and achieve the epitome of golf as an “A--hole in One.”

Nicholas Zizelis


Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Mike from Queens says:
They are s--thole countries! If they weren't then why would these people not want to go back to them then? Even my grandmother admitted to me that even Ireland back in the day was a s--thole! She said there is no food over there and there was nothing there and she never went back to it. Of course, Ireland is different now but even my own grandmother admitted to me that Ireland back in the day was truly a s--thole country. If you love your country so much, then why do their people want to leave it so bad? Come on now.
Jan. 18, 6:54 am
stick to local from Queens says:
With so many local issues impacting us why do you delve into national issues of which you have little knowledge? Stick with what you know. Thanks.
Jan. 18, 4:16 pm
Joey from Whitestone says:
Deporte them all they have no right to be hear. I pay for them to live for free.
Jan. 18, 9:11 pm
anon from Whitestone says:
Nicholas, Difference is your parents came, worked and earned the right to live here, not live on the tit...... they are s...holes, don't allow them in.!
Jan. 20, 6:55 pm

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