America

This is my new “America” — my response to the xenophobes running for President. I’m angry at politicians who would build walls and close borders. The poem on the Statue of Liberty’s base reaches much farther than the sympathetic “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The very next words are “the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.” That’s a tough message, but generations of exiles who came here in desperation helped build America into the most powerful nation on earth. Their descendants shouldn’t pull up the drawbridge. Calling our country too poor or weak or afraid to welcome refugees and immigrants is fear-mongering. We are strong enough and rich enough, and we’ll stay that way by remaining the land of opportunity.

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