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Y is the Yearning

Y is the yearning

Longing to be free

To live in peace and safety

Just like you and me


My ancestors came here for many reasons. Some immigrated in the very early colonial days of this country, including on the Mayflower. I can only guess that they were seeking economic opportunity, adventure, and greater freedom. Some made months-long perilous journeys  seeking religious freedom. None of them had to “wait in line” or face harsh immigration restrictions. Recent family members immigrated from Cuba. One to fight in World War II and one for schooling then simply stayed to avoid the Castro regime. Are any of them more deserving than today’s asylum seekers and economic migrants? I do not believe so. I believe we as a society are capable of opening our land and our hearts to those who wish for the same opportunities that made our lives possible.

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