About 100 years ago my father came here with his family from the Azores in search of a better life. The migrant families recently settled in Hudson from Haiti are also seeking a better life. They are fleeing a country suffering from extreme poverty, natural disasters and the terror of warring rival gangs who engage in kidnapping in order to hold their captives for ransom. These migrants are not, as some in the national media would lead you to believe, criminals, drug dealers, rapists. Massachusetts has a low unemployment rate, 2.6% as of August. Migrants are willing to work if permitted and historically migrants use significantly less welfare than native-born Americans. When the Hudson Health Department asks you to drop off donations at the Fire Station on Cox Street please consider this quotation “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”.