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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.

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grrm
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.
MatrimSean
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.

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