Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mother of Exiles

The President's move last week to stop deporting DREAMers and give them work permits is a step in the right direction, but his executive order could change as soon as January under a new administration. We need a law offering these DREAMers a way to citizenship.

We must recognize these DREAMers for their loyalty, hard work, and the positive contributions they have given to America. We need to make sure that they get the opportunity to follow their dreams of a good education, and reward their devotion and love for our country. They are Americans in every way except birth.

Let us not forget the welcoming words of the poet, Emma Lazarus, whose poem, The New Colossus, is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal...

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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

But our DREAMers are not necessarily poor or tired. They are young and vibrant and enthusiastic.

When did our attitude toward immigrants change?


  1. Thank you for posting this movie and bringing it to my attention. Our immigration system reflects the U.S. in the 19th C. and must be updated to meet our 21st C. needs. Any reform has to deal with border security. I support privileging highly skilled and educated immigrants. But we must not forget that cheap labor comes to this country because we demand it in the form of gardeners, housekeepers, and in our food supply. The DREAMers are American through and through, many overachieving kids not different than their "American classmates" and they are and will contribute even more to our society. As we work out how to exactly overhaul our immigration laws, the DREAM Act is where we should find consensus and a start.

  2. Such an inspiring post Monica. I admire you every day more! You're so right about this. We must support and keep the fight. It's a basic human right.

  3. Thank you, Ana. These children and their families deserve the same rights our founding fathers fought for so many years ago. Same story, different faces.


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