Mark Green's Immigrant Experience
A new baseless Green attack ad (which the Journal Sentinel dismantles here) alleges that Doyle is soft on undocumented immigration. And Green has frequently used the fact that he is the son of immigrants to claim special insight into the issue.
Here's Green's standard line on the topic from a May press release: "As the son of immigrants, I strongly support legal immigration. America is and always will be a nation of immigrants who come here in search of a better life. My family is proof positive of just that. But as we welcome newcomers with open arms, we also must demand that our laws are respected."
So what was Green's immigrant experience like?
According to the JS:
It was the second time in the United States for [Mark Green's] parents, Jeremy and Elizabeth. The two had met in Elizabeth's native England, where she was a nurse and Jeremy a doctor. Their first stop in the states was in Boston, where Mark was born in 1960, when his father was working at the old Boston City Hospital.
When their visas expired, the family wound up in Australia.
The longer they were away from America, the more they wanted to return. Then a letter came. A friend Jeremy Green had met along the way was opening a health clinic in Green Bay and needed doctors.
[Jeremy] Green was interested, but the two-year wait before they could seek permanent visas had not passed. So they were stuck until a surprise call came from the American Embassy, telling them to come in and apply.
They later learned that folks in the United States, with the help of then-U.S. Sen. William Proxmire, had been working to cut through the red tape.
Now is that so hard?