A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. – James Madison


Amidst the din, another young male Latino, focused and serious, approaches the table and sits down. He tells me his situation. Can I do anything for him? No, I can’t. He entered the country “without inspection.” He’s “illegal, EWI.” He Entered Without Inspection. Resigned to it, he listens, shrugs, shakes my hand, and walks away. It isn’t any easier when an entire family comes to the office asking me the same thing; their eyes pleading, imploring, as big as saucers. You don’t want to know how many times a month that happens to me. Apparently, neither do the folks in Washington, DC who are charged with the task of forming a set of functioning immigration laws.


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