No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the images of the grown American man crying at the airport because his brother who had finally received his LEGAL, BONA-FIDE, permanent resident green card (after years of vetting and background checks) was detained at the airport. It was heart-breaking and moved me to tears. Without bringing politics or partisanship into play, I feel for anyone who faces rejection for any reason. That’s just who I am… (and I’ve personally been through the visa, green card and citizenship road – it takes years of poking, prodding, investigation, interviews, background checks, more investigation, more interviews, vetting, etc. – it is certainly not a slam dunk, passport stamp process!)
I am optimistically hopeful with the new USA administration, and I am also cautiously concerned about some of the sweeping rhetoric and views expressed by elected officials with “we, the people’s” best interests in mind. I hope that calm heads prevail and that kindness and sanity become our moniker! America is and was great… period.
As someone who is not a Native American Indian, I am among the 99% of Americans who immigrated to this country. I am not ashamed to say that an IMMIGRANT and if you are American and reading this, so are YOU (most likely!)
I love the people, the ambition, the open-mindedness, and overall savoir faire attitude and freedom.
I am also learning that history repeats itself (and not always in a good way…)
Last year I visited the National Archives in Washington, DC where the historical documents dating back hundreds of years are preserved and displayed. I took particular note of turn of the century (early 1900’s) manuscripts and documents authored by immigrants (who were now in power in the U.S.) who cast laws to prevent immigration of their own people (at the time I think it was Italians, in particular) — just a handful of years later.
I was bewildered by the fact that these men felt justified to enter the country as foreigners through Ellis Island (and obviously, in their opinion, they were good, upstanding, worthy of entry, people) and just a few years later, judged their own countrymen as scoundrels with ill-intent. I’m still perplexed how power and money changes people. (I still smile at lawmakers who judge the unemployed as “lazy” until they, themselves are unemployed…)
It is interesting how inclusion of ourselves is important, but exclusion of others (who are exactly us – just separated by time) prevail when it’s no longer us who are directly affected.
How easy it is to judge and make rules when they don’t affect us personally. I agree that we need to keep the “bad people” out of our country (as should any country!) – it’s just common sense, and…
I am also disturbed and concerned that we continue to repeat our history, instead of learning from it (I am intimately familiar with this trend of “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” in software development! But, that’s another story…) There has to be a better way.
DNA doesn’t lie and we are all connected as humanity…
I’d like to share this video with you simply for your comments and consideration. It brings me to tears every time I watch it, so I’m just leaving it here…
Comments? Wishing you a peaceful, happy, optimistic and uplifting day, week, year!