Count my voice among those who are today marching and asking for a path to citizenship for immigrants in this country. Look, I know they broke the law by coming here (I won’t even get into how suspect it is for countries to set their own laws on immigration and expect citizens of another country to just follow them), but what right do we have to demand that they not enter our borders? For all America is doing wrong, it is still the most free country in the world and the one most able to provide a good life for its inhabitants. How can we expect people to not come to this country if we can offer them such a better life than the one they have in other countries? How can we, and especially myself and other Christians, tell people to not come to us even though we can help them? Since when is the saying on the Statue of Liberty about “bring me your huddled masses…” a epithet without meaning?
Too often we americans forget that our history is, in certain areas, largely one of breaking laws and theft and questionable citizenship. We stole land from the indians and just arbitrarily said it was ours; it’s not like we Americans were the first ones on the scene here. We fought wars to gain our own independence because we believed that America could hold a better life. We welcomed immigrants from Europe from the thousands, laying the groundwork for the America we have today with our rich differing cultures and dialects and traditions. We are not a nation of indigenous peoples. We are a nation built on a history of huddled masses, immigrants, poverty-stricken farmers, religious freedom-seekers, soldiers, land-grabbers, and dreamers.
How can we deny anyone else in this whole world the same thing? Happy May Day, everyone.