February 23, 2018. In this op-ed the author, Sandy Mcpherson Carrubba Geary, discusses her view on immigration, which is that America should live up to its poem that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty and to continue to allow refugees and immigrants migrate to the United States. She goes on to discuss how her family sponsored a Vietnamese family who spent time in a refugee camp and that they became very successful in the U.S. Geary explains that their family moved to Texas and now owns a home, they learned English quickly, the father did not like accepting welfare in winter months due to job restrictions, and their children became professionals– one a doctor, one a nurse, and another who has a career in optometry. The author argues that banning families like this one from coming to America also cheats us of our creativity and economic growth.

The poem mounted on a bronze plaque proclaims, “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-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Years ago, my husband belonged to an organization that promoted international relations and understanding. We enjoyed entertaining people from other countries in our home. We learned about their cultures and discovered our similarities.

It pains me to hear some political leaders demand America close her doors to those struggling to escape from war-torn homelands, many who could enrich us with their ideas, creativity and energy. Such policy cheats us of those who would add to our nation’s economic growth. Numerous immigrants become entrepreneurs. Nationally these business owners have added billions to the economy according to the Fiscal Policy Institute.

I want to see Lady Liberty’s welcome mat remain. America needs newcomers.

Here is the link to The Buffalo News.