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Rodricks: I harbored Haitians on the path to citizenship

Rodricks: I harbored Haitians on the path to citizenship

Time to come clean: Thirty years ago, I hired two illegal immigrants from Haiti to paint a three-board fence on a small horse farm. I gave them the job, a place to stay for a couple of weeks, and food. I enlisted friends to help them, too. And we all felt good about it.

Che’rin Rashad and her husband, Alexanda, came to Baltimore from Miami in the spring of 1988 because President Ronald Reagan and the Congress had offered undocumented immigrants amnesty — now a dirty word among Republicans — and a path to citizenship. The deadline to apply for amnesty was short, the lines of applicants at the immigration office in Miami long. So the Rashads made their way to Maryland, where, they...

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