Tyrades! by Danny Tyree

By Tom Smith

 

They’ll do it every time. Whenever Joe Sixpack (or Joe’s congressman) gingerly raises the subject of hiring extra border guards, tweaking our broken system of monitoring work visas or fine-tuning our vetting of refugees from terrorist-infested countries, the cliche© knee-jerk responses are swift. Copycat editorial cartoonists, sanctimonious talk-show hosts and professional agitators bombard us with caricatures of an immigrant-loathing Statue of Liberty and parodies of Emma Lazarus’s 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus” (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”). Joe and his ilk are savagely branded as haters and xenophobes and violators of sacred promises.

 

But “The New Colossus” is not a covenant Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. It is not an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a landmark Supreme Court ruling, an executive order, a treaty, a trade pact or even a local zoning ordinance.

 

 

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