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The class of 2006 at Montgomery Blair High.

Muhammad Waqar, Yiran Xia, Ramona Singh, Yueyang Li, Ekta Taneja, and Jessica Smith ... I went to a high school graduation in June, and a U.N. meeting broke out. The commencement was my daughter's, and the high school was Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring, Md. There is a tot to be worried about in America today. But if there is one reason to be optimistic about the U.S., it is represented by the stunning diversity of Blair's class of 2006. America is still the world's greatest human magnet. There is something about our free society and free market that attracts people like no other. Our greatest asset is our ability to draw not only the first-round intellectual draft choices from around the world, but the low-skilled-high-aspiring ones as well. That's the main reason I'm not yet ready to cede the 21st century to China. Our Chinese will still beat their Chinese. This influx of brainy and brawny immigrants is our oil well. It is an endless source of human energy and creativity. Congress ought to give us a framework to maintain a free flow of legal immigration. Our oil wells are pumping. They're right here, in the Blair commencement book.--Thomas L. Friedman [6/7/06]
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Title Annotation:OPINION; Tony Blair
Author:Friedman, Thomas L.
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 4, 2006
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