—Garrison Keillor, Newsweek, 1998
"(They are) Heroes, all of them – at least they’re my heroes . . .. Everyone makes fun of New York cabdrivers who can’t speak English: they’re heroes. To give up your country is the hardest thing a person can do: to leave the old familiar places and ship out over the edge of the world to America and learn everything over again different than you learned as a child, learn the language that you will never be so smart or funny in as your true language. It takes years to start to feel semi-normal. And yet people still come—Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos, Ethiopia, Iran, Haiti, Korea, Cuba, Chile, and they come on behalf of their children, and they come for freedom."