Find a way to help refugees

The Fourth of July celebration was marred by the images in Murrieta, Calif., of people shouting and carrying signs of hate. I thought this was the land of the free, the home of the brave. Have many forgotten the words of Emma Lazarus which are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty?

“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!”

I think most of our ancestors came to these shores seeking a better life except for African Americans who were forced here and Native American Indians who already lived here long before the American Revolution or the Constitution.

If I recall my New Testament history, Joseph took Mary and the child, Jesus, to Egypt to protect him from the swords of Herod’s soldiers. Are not the children and one or both parents fleeing torture and murder by gang members, especially in Honduras? Is not a comprehensive immigration bill which was passed by the Senate almost a year ago sitting in the House of Representatives awaiting a vote?

I just sent a letter to our elected officials asking them to provide money to help with this influx of refugees, especially the unaccompanied children, to oppose the President’s request for “fast track” authority to deport unaccompanied children back to danger, to work on the root cause of violence in their homeland, and help to address the security and economic crises in Central America.

Many charities are helping at the border. Now we need a humane way to handle the situation. I certainly do not want these children returned to unsafe environments. The money that is requested should help speed the process of moving the children to families in this country and doing what is best for the children.

“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water,” Glen Beck said. “The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.”

What is Congress doing?

Margaret Meeker

Williamstown