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joanna weiss

Honor American Dream-builders today — with healthcare, hours

There was a lot of talk at the GOP convention about the mechanics of the American Dream, the struggling immigrant workers in various politicians’ pasts. Marco Rubio waxed on about his Cuban parents, who worked low-wage jobs, late into the night, so their son could achieve more.

We didn’t hear so much about immigrant workers today. So here is someone to consider: Maria Elena Lora, 52, a legal immigrant from Colombia, now living in Revere. In her native country, which she fled because of violence, she held a master’s degree in special education and worked with preschool kids who had Down syndrome and autism. In Massachusetts, she cleans offices.

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