Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
These words of poet Emma Lazarus are emboldened on the Statue of Liberty.
As we debate whether or not we should embrace immigration reform in our country, we should remember that these words, in effect, invite to our country all those who want a better life.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has stated that Mexico is sending "bad people" across our borders. He has called them murderers, rapists and drug dealers. He says we should close our borders to these people and deport those already here.
Mr. Trump, what does the phrase "wretched refuse" bring to mind? What kind of people are we talking about when we invite the wretched refuse of other countries to come here? That phrase does not describe the cream of the crop. It does not describe "good people." And yet, we have invited these less than perfect people to enter our shores. We WANT those who have been beaten up by life to find a refuge here. That is what a country of kind, compassionate people do. That's why these words greet each and every visitor that enters our country.
If America is truly the great country we believe it to be, we should be throwing our doors open wide to any who want to come. Anyone, anytime, for any reason. No exceptions.
People blame illegal immigrants for all the ills of our society. Illegals are supposedly taking our jobs, living on welfare, taking away from our citizens in every way, and putting a strain on our system. This is so untrue. In most cases, illegal immigrants take the jobs which our citizens are unwilling to do and for less money than we would expect and demand. American companies send their jobs overseas precisely because our citizens demand to be compensated in a way that workers in other countries do not. If anything, America exploits illegal aliens by paying them poorly and profiting from their suffering. And though this is the case, immigrants still consent to be exploited because their opportunities here are still better than in their own countries.
People say, "We have enough problems providing for our own citizens, let alone illegal aliens." Yes, we have problems, but those problems could easily be remedied if we would just shift our priorities. We have the resources to provide enough food for every citizen if we would. If we would just take the corn and soybeans that are fed to cows and provide that food to humans, every single person would be well fed. If we would require every person who owns a home to grow his own food in his front and back yard, instead of maintaining perfectly manicured lawns, everyone could have enough food. Every homeless person could be provided a tiny home of less than 200 square foot. The tiny home movement is a wonderful fad, but it could also be a wonderful solution to homelessness. There are many, many solutions.
I am an advocate of open borders, free universal healthcare, universal basic income, and free food for all, regardless of income. These are not radical ideas. These are things every human being has a right to, no matter what country they are a citizen of.
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