This is not just my story. This is our story. It reminds us that we are “E Pluribus Unum.” “Out Of Many, One.”
No one should dispute that, like every sovereign nation, we have a right to control who comes in. But unlike other countries, we are not afraid of people coming in from other places. Instead, inspired by our Judeo-Christian principles we Americans have seen the stranger, and invited them in.
And our nation has been blessed for it, in ways that remind us of the ancient words:”God divided the sea and led them through and made the waters stand up like a wall. By day he led them with a cloud; by night, with a light of fire….”
Our history is filled with evidence that God’s hand is upon our land. Who among us would dispute that we are a blessed people? In the harbor of our most famous city, there is a statue of a woman holding a lamp. At the base of that statue is a poem which says [quotes poem at base of Statue of Liberty]. . . . For over two hundred years now, they have come. In search of liberty and freedom, for sure. But often simply looking for jobs to feed their kids and the chance of a better life.
From Ireland and Poland, from Germany and France. From Mexico and Cuba, they have come. They have come because in the land of their birth, their dreams were bigger than their opportunities.
Here they brought their language and their customs. Their religions and their music. And somehow, made them ours as well. From a collection of people from everywhere, we became one people. The most exceptional nation in human history.