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 beaconed 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 breath free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Emma Lazarus ( 1849-1887 )
The Statue Of Liberty was not conceived or sculpted as a symbol of immigration, yet with the addition of this poem which was placed on a bronze plaque inside, she became the unofficial greeter
of all incoming immigrants from around the world.
Later today the president will give a speech on what he plans to do on immigration reform. There has been a lot of huffing and puffing by certain politicians in Washington over the last week on the actions that the president is suspected to take. Perhaps if those who are doing all that huffing and puffing had taken the bi-patrician Senate bill to a vote or come up with their own viable plan that wasn't just "send them all back", there would be nothing to huff and puff about...
This country was conceived intentionally on the premise that we are a nation of immigrants. This is something we should be proud of, it makes us who we are. Why are we trying to re write history? What are we so afraid of?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Noodle and crew