Somewhere Else They’d Rather Be
We libertarians have a core observation: there are way too many laws, certainly too many to have laws on the books that are enforced in contradictory and illogical fashions and certainly laws that violate the founding principles of our noble, albeit imperfect, experiments.
Immigration is what made the United States great, what made it different, what made the US exceptional. Emma Lazarus’ famous poem, The New Colossus, dedicated to our Statue of Liberty is one of the most noble expressions of the American Dream possible, but for the last century it has become a monument not to liberty, justice and opportunity but to hypocrisy and betrayal.
The guiding light high on a hill is now a chimera, a mirage, and we will all suffer for it as the pillars of external growth which formed our economic foundation collapse for lack of the waves of legal immigration that supported us for almost two centuries, which fueled our national soul as well as our bellies. It seems highly unlikely today that we will wake in time to realize that those yearning to be free as well as productive may soon find somewhere else they’d rather be.
 © Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2011; all rights reserved