Regarding the Aug. 3 front-page article “Plan set to slash green cards”:
In the early 1900s, my grandmother Frances Draskovic was living in a dirt-floor hovel in what is now Croatia. At 16, alone, illiterate and unable to speak any language but Croatian and with a ticket purchased by cousins in the United States, she boarded a steamer bound for New York.
She was met by Croatians who put her on a train to northern Minnesota. In her box lunch was a banana, which she ate after watching another passenger peel and eat one. She had only experienced fresh fruit as one orange once a year, shared (including the peel) with her siblings.
Met by her kind cousins, my grandmother found work in a boardinghouse for immigrants employed in copper mines. She made her way to Pittsburgh where she met my grandfather, another Croatian immigrant. They married and moved to Ohio, where my grandfather started a beer business. My grandmother’s sons and daughter were community leaders and philanthropists, and my father served as a Republican Party county chairman. My generation includes a college president, teachers, a school superintendent, entrepreneurs, a Navy officer, a pharmacist, a speech and hearing therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, a law enforcement officer, and (in my case) a civil rights lawyer and trial judge.
If the immigration bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) and endorsed by President Trump became law, my family story would not happen again. I cannot comprehend how such a tragedy would be good for the country my grandmother loved and taught me to love.
Mickey Matesich Edwards, Reston