Friday, May 19, 2006

Immigration

I am so damn tired of everyone picking on the nearest brown person as soon as anything in our society/economy starts to turn south. It seems as if the entire country, or at least 90%, have forgotten that we are a nation of immigrants. There is a quote at the base of the Statue of Liberty that spells out our country's position on this matter, both for our past and for our future. The quote is as follows:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to
breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the
homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

So lets think about this for a second. We have all seen the hordes of brown people doing anything possible to get across our border to try to make it to a better place to create a better world for their families. Somehow while watching this, all compassion has been thrown out the window. Where is this compassionate nation I keep being told about? Where is this compassion when we are rounding up anybody that "WE" deem unfit for our society?

So why is it now, these people who only want what most of us have, must be barred from entering our country, and those who came recently must be sent back? How quickly we rally to the rule of law, that these people are criminals who came here illegal, with no regard for our laws. Did we forget that we took this country through killing and death? How is it crossing a border is seen as so much worse?

The people we are so easily able to discard are people, period, and they need help. If you read the quote above, it is clear, we are a nation built by the trash discarded the world over. That is were our greatness was derived from, and those we wish to rid ourselves of, fit that description. In the end, the only people we will be ridding our country of, are the very people who want to work harder than anyone to make our country the best place anyone could imagine.

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