Blog 400 July 2, 2018
By Photograph by D Ramey Logan, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37298835
On the base of the Statue of Liberty are engraved these words:
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.
We do well to remember that we are all immigrants. Some recent, some long ago, but we all came from some other land to this country. Some of our ancestors came through Ellis Island, as well as other ports of entry, but they were the homeless and the tired. Struggling to escape poverty and the pogroms of Europe, our fathers and mothers landed on this shore seeking to walk through the golden door.
In this time of struggle and debate over immigration , let us remember this country was built and sustained by “the least of these” as well as the best. Let us never forget the world still looks to America to find for the golden door.
They all want in. No one wants out. I hope you have a blessed and safe July 4th holiday.