Thursday, December 13, 2007

Undocumented Immigrant - Ayann Hirsi Ali

Ayann Hirsi Ali originally entered the Netherlands alone as a young woman under a false name and without any papers. She was born in Somalia but also lived in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Kenya before becoming an undocumented immigrant in Denmark.

Reason for Immigrating:
She sought to avoid an arranged marriage her parents had been pressuring her to enter.

  • She rose to be one of if not the most famous member of the Dutch Parliament.
  • She was also a fellow at The American Enterprise Institute (a conservative think tank) in Washington D.C.
  • 2005 TIME Magazine labeled her amongst the 100 Most Influential Persons of the World.
  • 2007 Goldwater Award from the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona at an awards ceremony attended by Senator John Kyl from Arizona who coincidentally voted against the DREAM Act only a month prior to this. Also in attendance was U.S. Rep. John Shadegg also from Arizona who received a 100% rating from the anti-immigration hate group FAIR. Think they learned something?