The 8th Social Sin: Nationalism without Compassion by Daniel Blackman

Ellis Island Has Fallen

Ellis Island Has Fallen

When John Lennon was 5 years old, his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he wrote down ‘happy’; and when his teacher told him that he didn’t understand the assignment, he answered, “you don’t understand life.”

Everyone, every man, woman, and child deserves to be happy. In fact, in America, our Declaration of Independence reminds us that all human beings share “unalienable rights” which include Life, Liberty and yes, the pursuit of Happiness. In fact, the word “unalienable” literally means “not able to be denied”, and is best personified on a bronze plaque mounted inside the Statue of Liberty as a beacon of hope for refugees and immigrants:

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!

These are the words of, The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the Statute of Liberty has served as a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity for millions of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, question is, do we believe it anymore?