“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-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
– Emma Lazarus
I am quite sure that many of the immigrants living in America today would not be able to say that their welcome to America felt like anything close to that welcome penned in 1883. I don’t know if most Americans know this or not, but we are not the only nation who has to face the issue of immigration.
Before moving to Europe, I would have guessed it was exclusively an issue in the United States, but clearly I was wrong.
As each country deals with immigration—or what many refer to as illegal immigration—differently, the United States must make its own choice. Our approach to the problem will undoubtably reflect on the rest of the world’s perseption of our character.
For many, a hardline approach is taken. “Kick’em out of the country,” they say. Consider that there are 1-2 million undocumented kids in the United States right now, and it becomes obvious that this is far too cold hearted.
It would appear, however, that President Obama will be moving forward with his plans for immigration reform. Although I have personally disagreed with many of his policies—especially those related to abortion, healthcare act and spying on Americans digital communications—I believe he is on the right track when it comes to immigration. Finally a bright spot in the political horizon.
Obama plans on making reforms that will “ease the plight of the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.”
Emma Lazarus reminds us,
“Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
As the government shutdown is winding down, I pray we’ll finally see progress made towards resolving the many critical issues surrounding immigration.