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    My father’s family were homesteaders in Montana and they came from Ukraine but they were German speakers. They were so-called German-speaking Russians.

    While his parents and their parents had never been to Germany, when World War I came around, they were discriminated against across this country and they passed the Sedition Act and made it against the law to speak or read in German in Montana.

    My father served in World War II, but since German was his first language, there was always a concern about ‘Is he a patriot or not?’

    And my grandmother, she never learned to speak English, only German. My parents, they kind of kept us away from her because they saw it as a detriment to be able to speak German.

    . . .
    My first day of school, I’m going to school, and my mother sits me down — and I just went to a little country school, nine kids in my class — and she said, because by this time it’s 1961 and we are in the Cold War, “If anyone asks you about the name Schweitzer, don’t tell them we’re Russian, tell them we’re German.”

    So it swings back and forth in this country, and it has for a long time.

    Immigration policy is not a debate that just happened this year. We’ve been debating it for 150 years. There’s an ebb and flow. The bottom line is almost everybody here comes from an immigrant family including myself.

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