I awoke this morning dreaming that the poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty had changed. It said,
“Come to me all you who are thoroughly vetted. I raise my lamp behind the giant wall.”
In 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote, “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” We would do well to heed his advice. We are stuck in our current problems until we begin to learn from our past. Every wave of immigration has brought talent and new skills to our country. Our standard of life depends on our immigrants, such as those who are revitalizing Texas towns on the verge of extinction. This blaming of the “other” is a ruse to hide our true problem: the white supremacist plutocracy gripping our Federal government.