In 1959, while the SFA Choir was in New York to represent Texas” Rotarians at their international convention, we visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. ‘She’ was being worked on, so tours were temporarily halted. There were hundreds of visitors, among whom were a large group of people with yellow tags.They were ‘Immigrants’.‘Legal’ immigrants. On the base of the statue is inscribed the touching poem written by Emma Lazarus:
“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.”
I will never forget the tears shed by those who were close by as the choir sang this beautiful poem, unaccompanied. Ms. Lazarus wrote this Sonnet for a fundraiser for the base of the statue.
We seem to be confused today. The ‘huddled masses’ gathered at our southern border are simply ‘Illegal’ immigrants. These were never to be welcomed! Really! Use your heads America! Idiocy must not rule, donchaknow.
And, that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN