Whatever your views on immigration policy, it has been a good thing for our family.

It is fitting that on our journey here, and home again, we travel through London and Los Angeles, on a similar journey that my mom took when she left England to search for new opportunities some 40 years ago. And it is fitting that our plane passes very near the west coast of Norway, where between Bergen and Stavanger both my grandfather and Amy's grandfather (and father) left to cross the Atlantic.

Although we have made Aliya's choice to immigrate for her, she will have the right to remain a Kazakh citizen for 18 years--and will have her own choices to make about America in the future.