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Sunday, July 23, 2023


Ellis Island arrivals, 1903, are dressed in the best they had
as a show of respect to their new country.  
Teen wearing a tie and carrying family belongings
clutches the hand of his wary-eyed sister.

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! 
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.”

 --"The New Colossus,” a poem by Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor. 

 Migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico approach the site where workers are assembling large buoys to be used as a border barrier along the banks of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, Tuesday, July 11, 2023. 
 --Associated Press photo by Eric Gay

Posted with every ounce of affection I possess to honor the memory of my family's migrant forebearers from Eastern Europe and Mexico.
Happy Birthday, Mom.

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