Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
For many, those words were what greeted them on their way to pursue their dreams and destiny. Now many years later, we hear a lot about illegal immigration, but my objective today isn’t to express my personal views on the current immigration problem or to debate who is right or wrong as our borders are flooded by undocumented people seeking a better way of life. My aim is to make people think about the melting pot in which we live.
With the exception of Native Americans, all people residing in the United States today have "roots" elsewhere. My humble heritage primarily is from the British Isles. My ancestors on my paternal grandparent’s side emigrated here in the 1850′s from Ireland (County Cork and County Kerry to be more specific). Once in America, the Goggin clan initially became railroad workers and later proud firemen for the State of Maine and the Maddocks lineage came from England with a recorded family tree that dates back into the 1500′s.
On my maternal side, the Ingalls line is so well-documented that it's simple for anyone doing genealogy research to tie into its broad branches. All Ingalls living in the United States have a common ancestor who emigrated here from England. The Farrell’s came from seafaring people originating from the British Isles. Farrington Smyth was the first and Americanized the family name to Farrell. Like everyone else, my ancestry is a mixture and I am the product of many people coming to America long ago to pursue the Great American Dream.
Many of us are a unique mixture of many cultures and races blending together over time. This great country we call home has come a long way since our founding fathers first welcomed our ancesters with open arms. As our ancestors heeded the call, they journeyed here to live together and stand united by becoming American citizens after passing through the hallowed golden doors of freedom.