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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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TheRedViper
Nov. 21st, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Surprised...
"...No one judges all Muslims as bad."

That's exactly what people are doing. Check out any of social media accounts of people who identify themselves as "real" Republicans. Many/most want Islam outlawed -- literally outlawed, all of it. Trump wants all Muslims to carry ID and register, even citizens. Ted Cruz wants immigrants to undergo a religious test, where Muslim = fail. Jeb Bush also wants to only allow Christian immigrants into the USA.

And I disagree that this is a "complicated" issue. That "one of the Paris attackers snuck in among the wave of refugees," as you claim, is not a reason to hold millions of them in camps, living like dogs, sleeping in mud.

More than one of the shooters who have recently gone into American schools to shoot up dozens of little children -- more than one of them had "snuck in" and lived among the general American population. The same population you live in. Should we throw you and your family in a camp, just to be on the safe side? Force you to live in a tent, in mud and dirt surrounded by a chain-link fence? Is it a "complicated issue" that merits further discussion?

It's remarkable what people consider doing to others who are less fortunate.
butcherbaby
Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:37 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Surprised...
I totally agree with the last statement in your post- it's just amazing to me how much that poster keeps dehumanizing the refugees in their every post. Real human beings who are suffering terribly in ways I am sure the poster cannot even -begin- to imagine.
I agree that we need to let the refugees in- this is a humanitarian issue where we can make a real difference, not some complex theory we can endlessly debate while people continue to die.

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