Centuries ago, when the Pilgrims set sail across the Atlantic, they did so with a conviction that life would be more prosperous and, perhaps, more peaceful here. Today, the estimated 11.4 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are no different. In spite of the increasingly hostile attitudes towards undocumented immigrants, many continue to risk their lives and their family's safety to come to the United States in search of a better life.
In an election year when the Republican nominee has called Mexicans "rapists" and accused them of bringing drugs and crime into the country, as well as demanded a ban on all Muslims coming to the States, it's all too easy to forget where our forefathers came from.
But Kristen Bell delivered a succinct reminder of America's history in four simple words. Bell shared a tweet by Jeb Bush about the number of jobs immigrants were creating in Florida. Bush had touted comprehensive immigration reform when he was campaigning for president,
The actress retweeted Bush's graphic, and added: "Also, this just in: we are all immigrants."
The hateful rhetoric about immigrants today is also an affront to the dwindling, neglected Native American population in the U.S. Many of the people descended from European settlers early on in the United States' history are the ones now calling to deport millions of people from land taken by force.
So Bell's tweet is a sorely needed reminder of this country's beginnings, as a nation whose foundation was built on the backs of immigrants — and is continuing work hand in hand with more recent arrivals, as Bush's tweet shows.
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