Chicago history full of immigrant success stories
Mar 6, 2017 1:00 AM - Personally, I've always found the transitory waves of immigration phobia that have come and gone over the decades as puzzling, or at least odd, considering our country's, well, birth by immigrants. Unless one happens to be a pure descendent of a Native American tribe, then one is -- isn't this obvious? -- a descendant of an immigrant! So when I hear any kind of immigrant bashing, I am decidedly perplexed. We are talking about the same country, aren't we? Chicago, city of big shoulders, has always been a particular magnet to immigrants, who gladly flooded into its many factories and packing houses over the years, each group having their heyday and as well as their day to be bashed. Hasn't everyone by now seen the old photos of shop windows with placards announcing that neither "dogs nor Irish" were allowed inside? And now they dye the Chicago River green every March 17.