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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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
by Emma Lazarus, New York City, 1883

So reads the promise inscribed on the statue of liberty.

Both of my parents came from immigrant family’s each from different  hemispheres of the planet past the colossus through the golden door and across the land to the American west. The family’s came from Sweden and Italy for better lives, yearning to be free. thier hands helped build the city and neighborhood I grew up In. One hundred and twenty years since the family’s landed in America I am one of the elder’s, I have lived the life those emigrants worked so hard to get for me. I am a citizen so there are no laws that can require me to carry ID; “have paper’s”. No one will ask me for papers because I fit the profile of a average senior citizen, if I had brown or black skin I would have to Worry about being stopped. So what ever happened to “Give me your tired, your poor”’, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” Is America full ; no room at the inn. The State of Arizona is saying no room at the inn for “illegal aliens” passing a law that allows law enforcement to stop and detain anyone suspected of being an “illegal alien”. What is an illegal alien ? how do you tell if an alien is “illegal” any dark skin person with no papers. Come on that so stinks of racism, that can’t be a law in America because its UNAMERICAN!!!. Yes we need immigration reform but not a police state. I think anyone who wants to be an American should be allowed to become an American but then must take on the responsibility of being an American, race must not be a factor

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