Thankful for Undocumented Immigrants
Cesar Chavez is famously noted to have said: “Every time we sit at a table at night or in the morning to enjoy the fruits and grain and vegetables from our good earth, remember that they come from the work of men and women and children who have been exploited for generations…”
As I reflect upon these words, I am inspired with thankfulness for undocumented immigrants. I am thankful for their hard work which has made my thanksgiving meal possible. They have picked the fruits and vegetables which we will partake. They processed the turkey and ham which will be the center piece of our celebrations. They repaired the kitchens in which our meals have been cooked. They were hired to fix our homes in which we gather. They mowed our lawns and manicured our shrubs in preparation for today. They cleaned our houses to make them look presentable for our out-of-town guests. They cleaned the hotel rooms in which we are staying for low wages so that we could get the best deal on Orbitz. They made our clothes in sweatshops so that we could look nice for our families and so that we could get big Black Friday deals tomorrow. Dreamers like Ju Hong are sounding the clarion call for civil rights in our nation. I'M SO THANKFUL FOR MY UNDOCUMENTED BROTHERS AND SISTERS. PLEASE BLESS THEM THIS DAY, SWEET JESUS, WE PRAY. AMEN.