“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.”
The news this week of children being separated from their parents at our country’s border is so upsetting and heartbreaking. I decided to let Lady Liberty speak about this policy. I hope that we will consider her words a call to action and that many of us will contact our representatives and demand an immediate change.
The New Colossus
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!”
Emma Lazarus, 1883
I invite you to take action to stop this abomination of American ideals. A list containing the contact information for your representatives can be found at http://www.commoncause.org/find/lawmaker.