Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Golden Door

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty was authored by Emma Lazarus.  It says: “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, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

The fourteenth amendment to our Constitution states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.  No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Undocumented workers come to America to improve their economic situation.  Most of them are fleeing desperate situations in Mexico and Central America.  Those immigrants have children and become part of our economy.  That is not unlike those Europeans, who came to our shores over the past 200 years.

There are over 200 cities, counties, and states across America, who are considered sanctuaries that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation by refusing to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers or impede open communication and information exchanges between their employees or officers and federal immigration agents. 

Immigrant-rich communities are much safer compared to the national average.  The sheriff of El Paso County insists that they don’t want to be enforcing federal immigration law because they want the cooperation of every single person in the community in which they’re trying to keep people safe.

The Obama administration made it difficult for localities which refuse to aid ICE enforce immigration laws, because it is the law.    


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