None of Us Deserve Citizenship

michelle_alexander_portraitDon't miss Michelle Alexander's impassioned and powerful op-ed column in the 12/11 New York Times!

On what moral grounds can we deny others rights, privileges and opportunities that we did not earn ourselves?...Rather than viewing immigrants as seeking something that we, Americans, have a moral right to withhold from them, we ought to begin by acknowledging that none of us who were born here did anything to deserve our citizenship, and yet all of us — no matter where we were born — deserve compassion and basic human rights.

"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!"

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