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Restaurant owner, Chinese immigrant speaks on immigration controversy

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Immigration is an issue at the forefront of the presidential campaign along with refugees fleeing war torn Syria in the battle against terrorism.

Talk about immigration sometimes falls on the side of controversial, but as the national conversation continues, a Cape Girardeau, Missouri business owner has a different perspective.

John Cai and his family have lived it. They came to America more than two decades ago, made their home and built a successful business. He gets it. He knows why people want to come to America. Still, he said there's a right and a wrong way to go about it.

At China Palace, there's more than what meets the eye. It’s not just good food, friendly service, but also an entire family who has built its business and life on the foundation of honesty and hard work.

"[I was] 33 years [when I came to the U.S.]," Cai said.  

Cai worked multiple jobs while learning U.S. history and a new language.

"It was harder to me because of my English...you know,” Cai said.  

Becoming a citizen in 1998, he's proud to call America home.

"United States is the greatest country in the world. Even right now,” Cai said.  

He said many people around the world want what he has.

"They try to get a better life, but they should do it in the right way,” Cai said.  

He said, while the process might be long and complicated, especially as more and more people are knocking on America's door, he's living proof that it's possible.

"If people try to sneak in, does it make you feel like they're being unfair?" we asked.   

"Of course. Yes,” Cai said.  

He said while he feels the U.S. should welcome newcomers, he understands the need for safeguards.

"We need good people. We don't need bad people in the United States,” Cai said.  

Most of Cai's family are here now and most of his customers have become friends. He said coming to America is a choice he's never regretted.

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