Tuesday, 25 March 2003

Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez

One major reason I don’t have a lot of time for the conservative movement—“paleo” or “neo”—is the rabidly anti-immigrant character of much of it (yes, John Derbyshire, I’m talking about you). The story of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, who was among the first casulaties of the war, ought to give them pause. Gutierrez, like most immigrants, came here to build a better life for himself, but, also like most immigrants, ended up building a better life for all of us. That a man who wasn’t even a citizen would put his life on the line for America not only reflects highly on him, it demonstrates the greatness of our country.

Found via Matt Welch and OxBlog.