To the Editor:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
This inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcomed many of our ancestors. Some had the right papers. Some did not.
Where on the Stature of Liberty does it say: “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, and I will put these children on a plane and send them home as fast as I can to face violence, homelessness, sexual exploitation and, perhaps, death.”
We bend the law for multinational banks. We bend due process for Guantanamo. Perhaps these were necessary decisions.
But look your children and grandchildren in the eyes and know they are no different than the children of Central America who “yearn to breath free” and need a hand from the richest, most powerful nation on Earth.
To welcome these children, as Pope Francis has said to do, is also a necessary decision. It is time to remind ourselves and the world that we are a good and compassionate people. It is time to reclaim America’s place in the world as a generous, moral people that care for more than war and advantageous markets.
Patriotism and the golden rule demand that we do the right thing.