Not the Right People: History Responds to Donald Trump

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Recently, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump made a comment on illegal immigration.

“The US has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems…When Mexico sends their people they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. It only makes common sense! It only makes common sense [sic]! They’re sending us not the right people [sic]. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over south and Latin America and it’s coming probably, probably from the Middle East.”

I could write an entire post and address every idiotic piece of garbage that’s come out of Trump’s mouth, but I think someone else summed up it up better.

“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!”

-Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” which is inscribed on a plaque at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. Read the full poem here.

America, do not forget your roots. Do not forget that the ignorant comments that are spewed to immigrants today are the same ones spoken to your ancestors when they came off the boat a hundred years ago.

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