The more I research immigration issues, the more uncomfortable I am with US immigration laws, past and present, and the political rhetoric that seems intent on an “us” vs “them” mentality. I want to encourage a more educated discussion that focuses on facts rather than knee-jerk reactions that seem to be based solely on fear, anger, and ultimately, misinformation.
My position on immigration can be summed up well by quoting my all-time favorite immigration “speech,” which Cher gave in her debate class in the movie Clueless.
The question was, “Should all oppressed people be allowed refuge in America?”
And here is her answer:
“So, OK, like right now, for example, the Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?”
But it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I said R.S.V.P. because it was a sit-down dinner. But people came that, like, did not R.S.V.P. So I was, like, totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, squish in extra place settings; but by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier!
And so, if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians.
And in conclusion, may I please remind you that it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty?
Thank you very much.”
Unfortunately, it seems as if most people right now aren’t interested in letting in anyone who doesn’t have an “invitation,” and that documentation is getting harder and harder to acquire.
That’s why I named my blog the Statue of Liberty’s Garden Party, but why I’m calling it the SoL Garden Party. Because most people from other countries who want to live here are shit outta luck. And I think that’s wrong.