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My Position On the Syrian Refugees

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."

Those words, of course, are by Emma Lazarus. Her poem, "The New Colossus," appears in bronze on the base of the Statue of Liberty. A statue given to the United States by France, our nation's oldest friend and ally... a bit of history that seems especially important just now, in light of the recent horrors in Paris.

For me, Lady Liberty and the words on her base represent the best of what this nation of immigrants is all about. One has to wonder if all the governors (including our own governor here in New Mexico, I am ashamed to say) and congressmen voting to keep out the Syrian refugees have ever visited the Statue, or read the words on her base. If so, they surely failed to understand them.

Of course, most everyone knows the part about 'your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,' but let me draw your attention to some other lines of the poem:
-- a mighty woman with a torch... her name Mother of Exiles,
-- from her beacon hand, Glows world-wide welcome,
-- send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me.

Emma Lazarus had it right. Donald Trump and thirty-one governors have it wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Syrian refugees are as much victims of ISIS as the dead in France.

Let them in. Santa Fe, at least, will welcome them.



Nov. 20th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
You are describing East Asian and European immigrants. East Asia and Europe were, even then, the height of civilization. So, the immigrants they sent us, poor or not, were quite civilized. The same cannot be said of Middle Eastern and African immigrants, who have nearly destroyed their own countries through Islam and now want to spread that barbarism in the west.

Donald Trump is RIGHT. Political correctness be damned, the US needs to remain culturally European.
Nov. 20th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Ignorant racist shit.
Shawna Phillips Harrietha
Nov. 20th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Yes!!!! Thank you George! I'm so sick of all these bigots and their double standards. I saw footage today of Russian bombs dropping on a civilian neighbourhood in Syria and when you see those people crawling from their crumbled homes carrying little children...trust me if any one of these people who call themselves Americans had to go through that, you can bet your ass they'd be lining up at the nearest border looking for refuge.
Nov. 21st, 2015 08:04 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Wow, let him have it George. What about the Native Americans we stole this land from? I'm white but part Cherokee, it's a few generations back but what does it matter, who's to say what civilization is better and more advanced, they can all be seen as barbaric from certain points of view, and the middle east and arabic countries were very advanced during the middle ages, they had advanced mathematics, geometry, science, etc. whereas Europe was in the dark ages. And people from Africa have abundant talent in all areas, there's no limit to what you can achieve just because of where you're from and the culture that produced you. Totally racist, xenophobic bullshit.
David Hernandez
Nov. 20th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Dear PresidentTrump:
I am a Mexican who lived in USA with my Mexican wife from 2007 to 2013 and then decided to move to Canada. We both are highly educated, cultured, and awesome. The LEAST of what we contribute to Canada is our share of taxes which are a big nice quantity for we both are well employed, wife is a doctor so she makes way into the six figures. We don't skimp on taxes we don't look for loopholes, we don't lie to pay less. We are proud to pay into a system that with all its faults yearns to take care of its people. We buy local when we can. We read Canadian literature (besides Song of Ice and Fire :) ), we listen to Canadian music, we travel the country and we absorb the culture, all of this while putting in our own personal contribution into it. We are about to have a baby next February who will become a proud Canadian.

You know what, YOUR LOSS.

Best regards,
David Hernandez
Jeff Leahul
Nov. 21st, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Glad to have you in Canada David! I think it's amazing that people from all over the world want to come and live in this country. I work with a ton of immigrants, and the stories they tell of their experiences, their culture, the food they are proud to share, these things have truly enriched my life.

And to the idiot who created this title, I'm seriously considering offering up space in my home to house a needy family. Its small, and not very nice, but I'll bet it's a fair bit better than the shit these people have been through.
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:41 am (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Careful... you're showing the confederate war flag in your user image... the symbol for states inside the US that nearly fit to a t your bitter rant about countries that have almost destroyed themselves by acting hateful against their own citizens...
Shall no more (white) citizens of Alabama or Missouri or Louisiana etc... be allowed to move to other states on the ground of this paranoid stance? Shall the other states stop to pay for those who have created their own social problems by heaping abuse upon a sizely portion of their own citizenry?
Nov. 21st, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
You are describing East Asian and European immigrants. East Asia and Europe were, even then, the height of civilization. So, the immigrants they sent us, poor or not, were quite civilized.

Oddly enough, that's not what the racists in America said at the time about them.

In fact, as demonstrated by the anti immigrant attitudes depicted in the history of the Five Points of Brooklyn during the US Civil War, non-English immigrant were routinely referred in the same way you refer to those from Africa and the Middle East.

In fact, the anti-Irish immigration attitudes referred to how poorly the Irish took care of themselves, post "Black '47", a "famine" the devastation of which was worsened by ... wait for it, the very British that Americans were praising while complaining about the "lazy Irish".

Odd, the parallels between your modern racism, and that of our past.
Christian Lockert
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
I'd like to point out, Mr. Biggot, that your statement is not just racist and moronic as the esteemed Mr. Martin points out, but totally erronious. Whilst Europe and China were still in the backwaters of anything vaguely close to a civilization, the first one was blooming in the Middle East. In current Iraq and Syria. Also in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in northern Africa. Even in South America... BEFORE China and Europe had any proper civilization.

I suspect you define yourself a christian. I'm a roman catholic myself, but you're calling all christians for KKK's and WBC's. You're obviously claiming all muslims for barbarians and fundamentalists, but the percentage of those of the Islamic faith who can be put in this category is less than the percentage of christians who can be placed in category with the KKK and WBC, so thus, with your views, we're all as bad on our own side.

IF you want to claim history, you should start by studying it. If you want to generalize, you should know numbers, and if you open your mouth, you should expect that when shit comes out, you get it thrown back in your face.

The biggest winners of your views are the Daesh, since your and Mr. Trumphs views and actions is the continuing of terrorism, one they don't have to sacrifice anything more to obtain.

Oh, by the way, France is taking 30.000 more Syrian refugees, but you, you're a coward who's too afraid...
Vlad Bujdei-Tebeica
Nov. 21st, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
@presidenttrump: You do realize that half of Africa is christian, right?

Edited at 2015-11-21 10:22 pm (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:44 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Why don't you tell that to all the indigenous peoples that were slaughtered by the Europeans when they first came to this continent. I'm sure they were quite impressed with how civilized their murderers were.


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