From the beginning this country represented a place for those who want ed to escape religious prosecution, hunger, homelessness, bigotry, even death for just being themselves. When did that change? Yes, if someone wants to come to this country is should be the legal way. Ask for asylum, get a passport and immigrate, it shouldn't be that hard. I know after Sept. 11, it is more difficult to get in to the U. S., and I understand and most of the time approve what steps are being taken to protect those of us already here. But..isn't there always a but, we as a county can't forget how we were blessed that out ancestors found refuge here. How can we deny others that same opportunity of refuge? We loose sight of this freedom and the responsibility to others who also wish this refuge, we join the ranks of those countries who's citizens disappear in the middle of the night, who's women are mutilated because they are considered less, who young people strap explosives to themselves for the lies of those they should be able to trust. Are we better then these, hell yes we are, we just can't afford to forget it!
"Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to be free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Should we honor these words, or sand blast them off the tablets that made them known to all. Are we living a lie or have we just forgotten?..We can't ever afford to forget!