“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.”
The spirit of this message, carved into the Statue of Liberty, is slowly drifting away as Americans seek to fill their pockets, preserve what they have and consider their needs instead of those less fortunate. Emma Lazarus’s parents were Sephardic Jews who had fled their Spanish homeland to escape persecution. She hoped it would inspire Americans to treat newcomers to our country better than her parents had been treated. I hope publishing it on this site will inspire you to share it with others, and take action on behalf of immigrants and refugees who need our support now more than ever. (Written after the Presidential Election of 2016)