The next time the president goes home to his gilded Trump Tower in the great melting pot city of New York he might take some time and travel by boat to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. He might take a moment and read the inscribed words, which say in part “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”
President Trump might want to remember that immigrants make our country what it is today, found businesses at twice the rate of people born here, and have crime rates at half the rate of U.S.-born citizens.
As I said on “Good Morning America” today, there is another man like Donald Trump who came from Queens and holds similar views. The only difference between the fictional character of Archie Bunker and the real Donald Trump is that our president has more money but less class than Archie. A reality television star has now superseded a comedic television character from the 1970s in his divisive views with racist overtones. If the situation weren’t so serious, it would be comical.
I have great hope that my fellow Americans will take a lesson from their ancestors about the vision and dream of what America truly is, and not have their vision clouded by the dark view our current president seems to have about America’s role in the world. We can do this if we each see the dignity and divinity in all human beings no matter where they were born. I salute all who fight on behalf of the most vulnerable and who welcome others with open arms.