Make the Dream of New
Comers Be America Again
Immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers. But we rarely called them fellow humans. This combative year is ending in grief. The urgency of the times hit like punches, but nothing came close to the brutally of sending troops to crush those knocking on our doors.
It’s beyond ironic that the America built by foreigners could turn so quickly into the land of arguing over walls. How fast we went from taking toddlers to court, to locking them in cages, gassing moms and kids, to letting a 7-year-old die in Border Patrol custody.
Climate crisis, race and social injustice, democracy in mortal danger, some of the curses of the age have paid us a visit or more during 2018. There’s been few breaks, and fewer reasons for celebration. And yet we’re still detaining 14,000 unaccompanied kids.
We’ve just beat an already sickening American record in gunshot victims per year, while a world that includes the U.S., got busy murdering the most journalists. There’s a reward for strangling the truth, and for going after reporters who fact-check and tell it as it is.
Above all, there’s a price on being a witness, and more are needed, as many have already been shut down. We fight climate change for survival, racial hatred for justice, but we must treat everyone with dignity because it’s a moral imperative.
YOUR POOR, HUDDLED MASSES
We don’t dehumanize anyone for wanting to join us. We can’t penalize those who’re fleeing a perpetual bombardment much of our own making. We won’t support those harming them, or driving to erase two of America’s most cherished values: empathy and solidarity.
Throwing immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers into jail cannot be a national policy. There are international agreements we must never back down from. Those knocking on our gates aren’t criminals, (more)
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they’ve earned the right to ask to be counted on among us.
That’s why the world, the U.S. included, needs journalists. And all eyes and ears and words and hearts to expose what those who claim to represent us are really doing, while not representing us at all. Democracy dies when dissenters can’t be heard.
WAR IS OVER IF YOU WANT IT
Mother, son, father, aunt, often referred to by numbers, or a tragedy, they’ve lost everything but their lives. They’re struggling to have a shot at proving their worth. That should make us very proud, that something about us still attracts the good and the willing.
They come as brotherhoods, as extended ties or lose connections, strong enough to embark on this very journey together. The physical integrity of their family should never be at stake, not at the border, not ever. They’ve come to heal, not to be further broken.
Thus this expiring little year had all sorts of punches in store for us. But the worst were self inflicted. It’s up to Americans to decide that neither repulsive cruelty against people nor leniency for global polluters will have any place in 2019. Let’s make sure it’ll be a New Year.