Monday , May 07, 2018 - 6:00 AM5 comments
Some of the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor are: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” I find it appalling that a president of the United States, and particularly a president from the state of New York, could so blatantly snub those inspirational words.
Easter Sunday, a frustrated and confused Trump said, “Mexico has got to help us at the border. And a lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA. ... They flow right through Mexico.”
Trump either did not know or he didn’t want to know that present-day immigrants do not qualify for DACA. To qualify, immigrants must have lived in America since 2007, have arrived in the country before age 16 and have been younger than 31 on June 15, 2012.
In the spring of 2018, about 800 people are fleeing oppression in their countries and headed for the United States. Trump referred to them as a “caravan.” Most of those people are women and children and it is perfectly legal for them to seek asylum. But Trump ordered that they not be allowed to enter the United States. For centuries, millions of people have immigrated to our country in an attempt to avoid cruelty and tyranny. The vast majority of those immigrants are not now nor ever have been the undesirable people that President Trump called them.
We are indeed a nation of immigrants.
The United States survived the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. We survived the Great Depression and the Great Recession. I have hope that we will also be able to survive President Trump.
Dennis D. Wakefield
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