To the Editor,
"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-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
here are out sea-washed sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned
lightning, and her name, Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon, hand glows world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor
that twin cities frame
Keep ancient lands, your stories pomp
cries she with silent lips."
That saying is written on the front door of this country so every immigrant who crossed the ocean could see the welcome. It's right below the Statue of Liberty where many foreigners, including my father, could see. They were not welcomed, they were disrespected, but they stayed. For over 200 years, people from all over the world came to this new country and helped make it the greatest country in the world.
Recently, thousands of very young children left their homes in South America because of the extreme dangers. They walked hundreds of miles through the dangerous jungle to get to America. When they arrived, many Americans said some very harsh words to send them back. Don't let them in!
They were split up and put on buses to be sent to detention centers until the government could process them. A small group of about 40, some as young as 4 years old, were put on a bus to be sent to a town in Arizona.
The children were only thinking of a warm meal, a place to wash up, a warm bed to sleep without fear and their families they left.
When the people of this town heard they were coming, they came out by the hundreds with their arms wide open, holding signs that read "You are not welcomed here," "Go back to your country," "My tax dollar is not going to feed you."
"Give me your tired, your poor."
"From her beacon-hand glows world wide welcome to all."
Somebody should take the sign down.