Mother of Exiles by Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station

Jim Wright “Mother of Exiles” at Stonekettle Station….

“… we Americans, we have it within us to be magnificent, but in our petty selfishness we have

Jim Wright Stonekettle Station

Jim Wright

lost our union and the sense that we are greater together than apart. All of us.

“Hate and fear and rage and selfishness do not have to carry the day.

“We do not have to become a fortress nation self-imprisoned behind minefields and barbed wire and machine guns. … We can be a welcome shore and a beacon of liberty and freedom and hope for all.

“Despite the protests of a selfish few, we are America, and we have more than enough resources, far more than we ourselves need – our garbage, the food we throw away, would feed millions! We can welcome these children, we can give them refuge, we can feed them and heal them and educate them and give them a future. We can give them hope. And, perhaps, send them back one day with our willing help to remake their own homelands into something better, something equal to the United States, into beacons of liberty and freedom and prosperity in their own right and we can put an end once and for all to the actual causes of illegal immigration and the actual things that caused this humanitarian crisis.

“If we truly are the people we claim to be, we would build a new Colossus, a new Statue of Liberty, a hundred times the size of the one in New York’s harbor.

“And we’d stand it on our southern border with her lamp held high enough for all to see.

“And she would be the very symbol of America, her flame the imprisoned lightning, and her name would be Mother of Exiles.

“And from her beacon-hand would glow the world wide message: Welcome!

“Because that, that right there, is the promise of America.”

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