Just a thought...
Any politician who opposes allowing 10,000 Syrian refugees (that’s 10,000 human beings fleeing an absolute disaster at home) into the United States should have to provide a detailed chart showing their Native American lineage going back at least as far as the Mayflower.
See, we’re all (well, the overwhelming majority) immigrants – or the descendants of immigrants. And, as each new wave of people has sought these shores – whether to escape war, or famine, or to seek economic opportunities – the previous waves sought to block them, or discriminated against them.
On the pedestal of The Statue of Liberty – the first thing so many immigrants to America saw – is a poem by Emma Lazarus. It reads (in part):
“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!”
That door must remain open.
- Bud Koenemund