But if you recall, our descendants were fleeing religious persecution in Great Britain. They said no more, and set out for new land. Our country was built by immigrants, trying to find a better life elsewhere.
Let's not forget
how the European settlers treated Native Americans in the process of making our new home.
It reminds me of some other families who are fleeing violence, rape, abuse, and drug usage in Central/South America. By attempting the journey to the U.S., they risked their lives, for the hope of a safe life. Something that should be intrinsic to us all as human beings.
Currently, there are children being detained in cages and families torn apart at border cities in Texas. It’s an atrocity that I’m ashamed of as a Texan. Before you jump down my throat, I’m aware there needs to be immigration reform and border security, but the current process for holding these HUMAN BEINGS is barbaric.
This past weekend, we marched. In demand of humane treatment of these people. Did we forget they are people too? But because they just so happened to have been born on the other side of the man-made line we drew in the dirt, we treat them as inferior, undeserving of all the privileges that we did nothing to earn, just the result of an off-chance birth on this side of that line.
I hope you enjoyed the holiday, but let's not forget that this "freedom" we are celebrating, is a privilege we were given. And let’s not forget about our brothers and sisters of this world who are enduring much worse circumstances today. It's time to end the hate and discrimination against immigrants, since our forefathers themselves were once immigrants too.