thoughts from my desk

Attorney Peter K. Hoffmann, esq.



          Khizr Khan's speech at the DNC convention last night was so very important. And I don't want anyone to think for a minute that patriotic immigrants like this family are an anomaly. As an immigration attorney, I have known many immigrants that have a strong belief in, and deep respect for, the core principles that our nation was founded upon. As all Americans should know from their family histories, and perhaps from their friends and family who have more recently immigrated to the U.S., most people who've immigrated to this country have made great sacrifices and worked very hard to be lucky enough to call themselves American and to build their families and careers here. Aside from what the haters want you to believe, it is rarely easy to immigrate to the US. In most cases, it takes strong ambition, hard work, and great determination. The vast majority who succeed in immigrating to the U.S. are more than happy to have the opportunity to continue to work hard to achieve the American dream after they get here. They are not lazy and they truly love this country. Moreover, can you believe that most also value and respect our government, too? That's a novel concept it seems among too many of the seemingly entitled, 2nd+ generation Americans. But immigrants know the alternatives better than most.  We must understand that patriotism is not defined by where one was born or which passport their parents held upon their birth. Patriotism is composed of much more than that.

We are a nation of immigrants and we are truly stronger together.