Sorry for what follows, I need to rant for a bit. The recent talk about US immigration brings up almost little intelligent discussion but mostly I hear and read some ignorant, hateful words. We are a country of immigrants, something that seems to mean nothing to most. My maternal grandfathers family came to the US in the 1740's from Ireland, my maternal grandmothers family came in the mid 1800's from Norway and my paternal grandparents immigrated from Mexico in the 1940's. I am proud of where my family came from and have no problem with others following in my ancestors foot steps to come and make a new life in this county. But instead of making a valid, educated argument, which I'm sure there is one out there, even if I don't agree, people make racist, pointless remarks. One of my biggest regrets is not standing up to 2 men on the bus one day as they ranted on about all the illegals coming and stealing their jobs. It started with me having a pleasant conversation with an older gentleman about the culinary school I was attending in Portland Oregon, when a friend of his boarded the bus. The conversation changed abruptly when the 2nd man started talking about half breeds. He was saying, it was bad enough that they swim across and steal their jobs and use all these amazing free benefits our country has(which benefits he was referring to, I don't know, if anyone knows let me know cause I sure want in on that!) but then some of these people even go and have children with their people. They both agreed that these kids, the half breeds, were by far the worst cause you can't always tell if they are one of them or not. Here I was just 5 minutes ago having a nice conversation but now if they were to find out that my grandparents were born 2500 miles away, somehow that would make me less than they are. I wish I could go back to that moment and say something, anything but unfortunately I just sat there in shock over what was happening. Even worse, I have continued to hear many of the same things living in other cities such as Colorado Springs and especially Memphis. Maybe having Asperger's shielded me from these things as I child and as hard as it can be sometimes, luckily I have been able to speak up more. Our country has a history of groups of people arriving here and basically being spat on, I almost wonder if this makes some feel that, I or my ancestors went through it so who cares. Or maybe the problem is that they don't remember...I don't know. What I do know is that I don't want to hate, I don't want to be known as a county of hate. Somehow we need to learn to talk and discuss but mostly accept each other, how to do this, I'm not sure but I will continue to speak up and hope that we can grow as people... my evening rant is over.