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Stan Schapiro: Why can’t nation act like what Statue of Liberty claims?

To The editor:

Thank you for the recent article “Honduran families deported back to a bleak future.” In it you paint a clear picture of a young Honduran mother of two, her treacherous journey to the U.S. and her deportation, without seeing a judge, back to her home town where her husband was recently murdered and she has faced death threats.

Thank you for humanizing a situation which has too often been portrayed as a story of faceless migrants who are intent on destroying our country and living as freeloaders. Over 55,000 children from Central America have been stopped at the border in the last 10 months, fleeing violence, poverty and lack of opportunity. In many cases they are fleeing gangs that the U.S. exported by deporting gang members to countries they barely knew.

Congress debates between the draconian Republican response to further militarize the border and to curtail and undo Obama’s reforms which allowed some minors from Central America to stay here versus the feeble Democratic response which would allot funding for due process and would still lead to deportation for most. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has stated that we are dealing with a refugee problem and under international convention, refugees are housed and fed, not sent back to the life threatening violence from which they run.

Emigration is and always has been the driver of entrepreneurship which has, time and again, renewed our country. Why not spend all those billions of dollars we are proposing for border enforcement on supporting economic justice and development in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua from which children are running.

In the meantime, let’s put up posters on the border fence with Mexico with the words on the Statue of Liberty which greeted so many earlier generations of migrants: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Stan Schapiro


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Very well stated Stan Schapiro. I would like to add from Mark 10:13-16; "Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16"

Say's the guy that lives in a 90% white town. May I dare say the hypocrisy never ends.

What're you saying here, jdurf1? That if people actually met more Hispanics, they'd agree with deportation policies? Because "90% white" refers to the racial makeup of Northampton and not immigration status. I'm sure that you just mis-typed.

I hadn't thought of it that way but if you are a hair trigger liberal I certainly can see why you see that. I was going for the preaching from the Ivory Tower kind of thing.

Oh! I just got it! You're saying that Northampton is 90% white in color, and like 10% beige or amber. Because it's made of Ivory. What an evocative metaphor! Silly me and my hair trigger. I need to learn to read beneath the surface of your literal reference to race and search for the subtle criticism of Noho elitism that's underneath.

Exactly. Well done. Was that the first work you have ever done?

What? Work? Brilliant angry 10-year-old response. I'm gonna stop now. Get in your last word.

What? Work? Brilliant angry 10-year-old response. I'm gonna stop now. Get in your last word.

As the great poet Robert Matthew Van Winkle once said "Word to your mother"

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