Emma Lazarus’ iconic poem, “The New Colossus,” is engraved on a plaque in the base of the Statue of Liberty. Her poem poignantly describes who we are as Americans and what this great nation is made of and stands for: We are a welcoming country – a refuge, a sanctuary, a beacon of hope for those seeking solace, safety, and the American Dream. Now, more than ever, we need to RISE! and rebuke Trump & Co. for their shameful rhetoric and actions toward immigrants – especially toward refugees- those who are most vulnerable, most alone, most desperate.
We used to be that America.
We must be that America once more.