The words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” that grace the Statue of Liberty symbolize America’s guiding light hope, inspiration and freedom.
These words come from New Colussus, the sonnet written by Emma Lazarus, an American poet born in New York City (1849-1887), written for an auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now presides.
Lazarus’s work was cast in bronze, mounted on the inside wall of the pedestal, is now known as the Statue of Liberty poem, and those famous last lines have become part of American history.
And so it is that the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses illegally crossing our nation’s southern border day after day, yearning to “breathe free” and be embraced by America, has reached a crisis of epic proportion.
These are not our children yet they have become our problem. And these are not all children: 90% of these illegal immigrant “children” are teenagers. Thousands of men and women, many pregnant, are also illegally entering the US every day.
It’s no coincidence that research has revealed that the murder rate in Central American nations is declining rapidly. But I digress…
A recent A CNN/ORC International poll revealed that a majority of Americans surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return the “migrant youth.”
Yet despite nearly 70% of Americans wanting the “immigrant children” deported, President Obama is working furiously on unilateral action on immigration.
“Unilateral” is defined as “decided by one party; decided or acted on by only one involved party or nation irrespective of what the others do,” and “accounting for only one side.”
Another example of we, the people, being ruled rather than represented.
Congress is chewing on Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to “deal with the crisis of unaccompanied youths”; Senate Dems are proceeding with their $2.5 billion bill; and House Republicans are working on a scaled-back deal that would come in well under a billion dollars—only $695 million for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends September 30th, costing the taxpayers more than $11,000 per day.
Then what? No doubt more taxpayer dollars will be funneled to what most Americans don’t want.
So while Obama is working on an amnesty act that Republicans are warning could provoke a constitutional crisis, the flood of illegal immigrants continues across the border.
We are witnessing an immigration crisis and a crisis in leadership and it's not likely that either crisis will end any time soon.