The promise of America, as commemorated by our beloved Statue of Liberty is a great one:
“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!”
That is one of the most inspiring messages abused people around the world could hear, including my grandparents, who fled Armenia because they watched their families slaughtered by the Turkish government and needed a safe place to run to.
They ran here, and they thrived here, in ways they never thought could be possible. But with such acceptance and promise comes a danger.
That danger is that once those who have found solace and success in America, some become afraid that someone else may want to come here for the same reasons and they may try to take everything away from them.
First, that fear is irrational, because there is plenty here for unlimited numbers of smart, hard-working people. When we start to inject fear and loathing into a place of promise, we ruin the very promise America has proven to become.