Past immigrants have been embraced
Saturday, July 20, 2019
I am deeply saddened to see the current horrible news about what is taking place on our southern border. Although I do not condone illegal immigration, I am outraged how our government is subjecting human beings to deplorable conditions while incarcerated. These immigrants, documented or not, are simply trying to escape violence. Separating the parents from their children and treating them as sub-human, is reprehensible.
Their plight reminds me of my own personal experience. As a single young woman fleeing the Cuban regime in 1961, I faced the reality that these people are facing now. My frightened brother and sister-in-law wanted their 4- and 6-year-old boys to escape from Castro’s hardline regime. The Castro government would separate children from their parents to indoctrinate them into communism.
My brother and sister-in-law entrusted me with their children and I brought them with me to the United States, not knowing when their parents would be able to reunite with them. Yes, parents are willing, in desperate situations, to do whatever is necessary to save their children! So, I understand these parents leaving their violent countries to save their children. By the way, the two nephews I brought with me are today medical doctors proudly serving this country.
Shame on President Trump. What a hypocrite! Does our president have no sense of humanity? Two of his wives became naturalized American citizens. Trump’s grandfather and his mother were not native born Americans. Mr. Trump is a by-product of immigrants; we should remember that no one in this wonderful country is a native, unless you are an American Indian. Let’s not forget the words of Emma Lazarus in 1883 on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ...”