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And who is really at fault here then? The immigrants being used for low cheap wages, or those that hire them? What is your field, if I may ask? What kind of job would work best for you? (Also, please look at the last lines of my second post above - please read them again...) We are making illegals the "bad guys" and victimizing them, when the reality is, they are being used for profit. Who is to blame? The ones looking for a better life and a path to Citizenship, or the one's making a lot of money off of them, and keeping the cost of fruit and chicken down for the rest of us? - AB
but not a free-pass, which includes those here that are undocumented.
originally posted by: AboveBoard
I would like to start by sharing the poem at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty.
(statue of liberty poem)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our 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 storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “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!”
To be Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Immigration is UN-American. At least to me.
Let me be upfront with that.
I'm not talking about "porous open borders" or "letting bad guys in" or "un-vetted potential terrorists"- I'm talking about all this denigration that is being aimed at those whose crime is to hope, to dream of a better life, the majority of really good people who are here because of the very Call written on Lady Liberty.
Most of us here would not exist except for our immigrant ancestors. And if you go back far enough, we are ALL immigrants, from the earliest Colonists. We are a tapestry of cultures and ideals, not just one homogeneous "American Way."
Can we please just take a moment to appreciate WHY people flock to America? Can we admit to the compassion presented above in the poem writ on our Monument to Liberty, "Mother of Exiles?"
This poem brings me to tears, it is so beautiful, so high-minded and clear.
Can we see the glory in that? Does it move you?
Or is it all a lie?