Tills Visa Law

Stephen K. Tills, Attorney at LAW

Pilgrims-the first immigrants

Immigration law makes me think of the Pilgrims. The Indians weren’t waiting to see their papers when the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. In fact the first wave of settlers were all illegal immigrants. There was no due process.

As sophisticated as we are today, it is interesting to see how far we have come along. The Pilgrim Story that have been celebrated in stories and in paintings: the Mayflower Compact, the Landing, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth. Each of these elements of the Pilgrim Story is based on 17th-century facts. The illegal Pilgrim gave foundation to the celebrated Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for leaving a country of persecution to find hope and safety in a new land.

In modern times, anyone in the U.S. that is not legally supposed to be here took a big chance. Their life was so bad it could not get any worse. However, each case is different. They do not all have the same story.
How do we, as a society treat other people. Don’t forget the witch hunts of Salem. A brutal society. Do collective actions make it right? What history teaches us is temperance (hopefully). Learn by your mistakes as a society.

Take a look at this picture below. This is how immigration proceedings were conducted in Arizona in 1917.
Striking miners and others are being deported at gunpoint from Lowell, Arizona, on July 12, 1917, during the Bisbee Deportation.

The Indians never told the pilgrims to leave at gunpoint, never to return again. Of course it was the other way around. The Pilgrims had the guns.


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