U.S. troops were recently deployed at the main El Paso pedestrian bridge from Mexico awaiting a caravan of displaced persons 1,000 plus miles away. To the President this group of Latin Americans is a moat’s length from storming southern gates with disease and criminals!
To Boomers it is an unsettling echo of Cold War Berlin images.
The power of East Germany stood between anyone risking all for a breath of freedom. Machine guns, landmines and razor wire were fearsome challenges. We remember people clinging to window ledges adjacent to a fortified Berlin Wall, then dropping into the West and an iconic photo of a soldier defecting, running for his life.
Then, America was the gold standard to people seeking freedom.
Today, people still need to apply for international, legally recognized asylum having fled conditions not of their making.
Once, they were the many of our own family journey stories, refugees guided by Lady Liberty’s welcoming Light.
The engraved invitation on the base of the Statue of Liberty declares:
“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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Our destiny is written in the manner we honor Lady Liberty’s commitment today. Is it going to be the President’s inhumane “Zero Tolerance” policy.