I am married to a Ukrainian refugee
immigrant whose parents were slave laborers for the Nazis. My husband and his parents were naturalized citizens who were proud and grateful to be able to call themselves American. Before we married, I attended a large Ukrainian festival in New Jersey, where I encountered thousands of Ukrainians speaking Ukrainian and halting English while wearing native costumes, selling Ukrainian food and hosting stage performances with superb singers and dancers. As the stage show began, I saw thousands of these new Americans stand with hands over hearts, tears on their cheeks, pronouncing each word of “The Star-Spangled Banner” perfectly. I have never forgotten the moment.
Over a lifetime of hard work, my father-in-law learned to speak English better than our president. Shame on this administration and all who don’t speak up against its noxious and anti-American views of immigrants and immigration.
Nancy G. Czujko, Silver Spring