When we look back, we question how America could have been so fearful that “Lady Liberty” could exclude by law Chinese immigrants, turn away boats of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, or intern her own citizens of Japanese decent. And yet here we are again.
And specifically to my Asian, Irish, Italian, and Jewish friends, we were one treated by this country the way Muslim/Middle Eastern/Arab people are now. We know the struggle our ancestors endured to make it here and how deeply American our families are. It’s up to us to hold open–or pry open again–the doors of liberty and welcome.
The statue of liberty is just that: a statue. It’s up to us to pick up her beacon of freedom.
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