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Updated on November 30, 2018
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There are an estimated 5000 people at the refugee camp in Tiajuana seeking asylum in the United States or Mexico right now living in squalor. Men, women, and children right now in the cold weather living in makeshift shelters in hope that they may gain freedom and respect in either Mexico or the US. The sanitary conditions are ghastly and the human rights concerns are pending.

Why are these people at the ready to flee the lands of their nativity? Some are seeking better lives, some are fleeing persecution due to sexual persuasion. Hundreds have many reasons why their goal is the United States, specifically the sanctuary status of the State of California. What should we as a people do when thousands are begging to get into a country that claims to offer refuge for the downtrodden historically when it also fears the threat of terrorism and crime? It is complicated.

New Colossus

The inscription above reads:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus in her efforts to raise money to build the pedestal upon which the statue of Lady Liberty stands wrote a poem featured above, The New Colossus. The plaque bearing her words are bronzed in memorial of her work and the sentiment it evokes that is apart of American history, lore, and culture.

The words that Emma attributes to Lady Liberty, were they ever true?

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Was it ever true that Liberty for the US meant that the old countries could keep there classism and such and the United States would take the outcast? Was it ever true that the torch lifted up to the sky was to light the way for people looking for freedom and refuge?

In degrees, yes. Yes, America has been the beacon in degrees. What about today?

The Statue of Liberty

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Mercy in the face of the tragedy of this people will be another opportunity for the American people to atone for the many mistakes made in the past with other groups.

Sermon of Humanity

Outside of the borders of this great nation, The United States of America, perch the souls of human beings seeking refuge from the pomp of the old countries. Though the poem is not on the Statue of Liberty itself, it is emblazoned on the base upon which it stands, the foundation. Liberty stands on a willingness to welcome all to freedom and shelter in the face of persecution. Why not for these refugees in the caravan?

Is it because of their ethnicity? Would the Golden doors swing open with welcome if they were of some other racial or ethnic background? Is it because of sexual persuasion of some of the refugee seeking safety from persecution for being homosexual? What about the 5.8 thousand souls at the gate make them less important to enjoy the protections and freedoms of America? Are they not human enough?

So many questions have many possible answers. Mercy in the face of the tragedy of this people will be another opportunity for the American people to atone for the many mistakes made in the past with other groups. The privileged few who live in this nation of America speak out because of the leadership of the nation. They speak out for or against President Donald Trump and other leaders. Worried about how much petroleum will cost at the pump or if the leadership panders to one group or another, Americans, in general, forget about the huddled masses who long to join in the trivial banter of free people.

People who are told to go back to their own country when there is a national symbol of liberty that beckons to them to come to its shores. When did free people become selfish? When was the population in the United States such that it could not welcome thousands and millions more?

So that they will not drain on American resources, they cannot come in unless they can contribute to society. If they are homeless and downtrodden, there is nothing for them to contribute at this time unless they are nurtured into the liberties of this land and given the opportunity to find a way to contribute.

How unfortunate it would have been for the Mayflower if there stood guard people who would not let them land because they had nothing to contribute at the time they came upon the shores at Plymouth. Refugees, they were wanting the freedom to live as they chose. Interesting how freedom to choose is determined by the people who get their liberty first.

The caravan people would like the privilege to speak out for or against Donald Trump. Having a say in complaining about the gas prices would be nice. Are they less deserving of the freedoms of America because they were not born here? Are the freedoms Americans enjoy only meant for one nation?

Thousands of Seekers of Freedom

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Are they less deserving of the freedoms of America because they were not born here? Are the freedoms Americans enjoy only meant for one nation?

Let Them In

What human awakes and thinks hate is where he or she belongs? Let them in.

In the name of all that is free and lovely, let them in.

By the truth of freedom to all God's children, let them in.

Give them shelter and a Christian hand, let them in.

Slaves from the graves cry to let them in.

Let them in and be a refuge from the world and be the hope that caused them to travel thousands of miles to get a chance at freedom. If it were you or I looking at freedom from a distance with the promise of it to all who seek after it, would we do any less to obtain it? Are they wrong for wanting it, daring to reach for a better life?

Even those that do not practice the Christian faith must be covered by the freedoms inspired by the gifted men who acknowledge come from God.

Fear casts out love and compassion. There are instigators at the border trying to make the message of freedom fall upon deaf ears as criminals follow the true seekers of freedom causing police to gas the people to keep control. The US is known as a Christian nation even still with all the changes in policy and laws in the past 60 years. Even those that do not practice the Christian faith must be covered by the freedoms inspired by the gifted men who acknowledge come from God. However, those freedoms do not end at US borders but are only recognized in the borders.

During a very trying time in US history when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were being persecuted and driven from place to place because of their views about religion and slavery (abolitionist views), God spoke to the leader of their church at the time, Joseph Smith, Jr saying this:

And again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as rulers and are in authority over you—according to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of ALL FLESH, according to just and holy principles; that every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.

Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondageone to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.

Appeal to the powers that be for redress, they were told. In this way, if America gives aid, the Lord could bless and prosper the whole nation. The Constitution, its principles apply to all people, in and out of the US. Any free society should have guiding principles of the US Constitution. If people cannot achieve that in other lands, Lady Liberty welcomes them with torch high to come to America.

While they wait to get in, love and kindness go a long way to heal the troubled hearts of new countrymen.

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© 2018 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am slated for next Tuesday. I am now somewhat of a Consigliere. As I know both Civil Law (Think old French and Mexican) border law.

      And think of me more as an adventurist and not a humanitarianism concept. Who is gay, who is a child, who is a mother escaping a hell?

      Soldiers on the front do not ask but serve. I will meet with organizers Monday and get orders for Tuesday.

      I told you this is an invasion. So we must invade first. Sun Tzu.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Oh my gosh, Eric! Thanks for that update and the excitement over it. I wonder if you want to put it in an article so I can link to it or if you would give me permission to put it in an article.

      Oh, it sad that people had to smuggle some things in to help the refugees. I hope that they get the medicine they need. Thanks for your work, Eric. Thank your crew.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      manatita, thanks for reading. I need to get over to your profile an check it out. I don't know how to get alerted when new articles are posted. I have to stay watchful.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Your voice here is a bit like mines in The Sad Face of War and Ioannis's latest hub. Social injustice for what ever reason, needs a voice to cry out in the wilderness. Ultimately, the Divine is in charge and understands this mystery. Keep doing your thing, Bro. Peace.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Get out of town kids. That was great. We left at 11pm. Our load was light. I had a Mexican American ride along. My Spanish is cool but better we do it together. Plus he had the truck. So we hid two cases of corn and spinach each - fully cooked and ready to eat. 10 Blankets set out in plain sight. Three tarps. We also brought the familiar and not taxed wooden palates. It is an industry so no hassle in the Castle. (they raise them up out of the mud)

      Boom! Unload it as fast as you can. It was raining. Yes, gangs are moving in. No time to mess around as we want to hit the Largest Border Crossing in the world and get the hell out of there by 2:30 am at the latest.

      Home by four A.M. Mission accomplished with no taxation.

      I kind of wanted to bring my son to see. Maybe if he were 15 plus.

      "Oh my God you are home safe - I have been praying" says my little lady.

      I can tell you this, we had to get into the Que at the camp(s). No shortage of supplies to my eyes.

      My comrades had a tough go of it. They were suspected of smuggling medicine. But they hid them in the motor compartment of the van. Set them in cold bags like you might take to a picnic. Right on and carry on.

      Let us see what happens. After big news and crisis, we forget that struggles continue after the news crews move on. Sounded like RAISES had a plan for two weeks from now.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Ken, I did not intend to make it appear that I supported open borders to the extent that order should no prevail. Society is different now. I would support government lands being set aside for people to process through and work while they are waiting for citizenship, but I don't have the necessary information to speak on that. I don't know the ins and outs of what is currently in place.

      For those who want to work, I think we should let them in first. I want them to come in, but not at the expense of order.

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      Ken Burgess 

      2 months ago from Florida

      As others have said, this is very well written.

      The country allows in one million immigrants a year, legally, who have applied. In addition they give between 600,000 and 1 million work visas every year.

      And in addition to that they allow in refugees and asylum seekers over and above the noted numbers, depending on the situation of those who apply.

      So this current 'crisis' is not about immigration, this about controlling the process, law and order, and ensuring the violent criminal elements that are trying to enter the country illegally to do harm are kept out. Controlled borders VS. open borders and lawlessness.

      Are there people suffering, absolutely, and they are pawns, victims, of agencies like 'Citizens for Open Borders' and the United Nations that encouraged this 'caravan' to come. That provided them transportation, and food and water along the way... that made this trip for them possible. ...knowing all the while what they were doing was against the laws of America, knowing they were lying to these people that there were 'worker programs' and 'asylum' readily available to them, all they had to do was get to the border.

      This is a political tug-of-war between those that want a world without borders, those that support the UN Global Compact for Migration, and those that want controlled borders and Nation states.

      I have written articles on the matter so I will not delve into this too much here. But this is about far more than a few thousand people currently at the border today.

      This is an issue that has been ongoing for decades, we had the cuban migrant crisis in the 80s, and again in the mid-90s (which I was dealing with as it occured) and it continues, there are always tens of thousands which are sent America's way enmasse. And each time we fail to find a sustainable solution for how to handle these matters the next time.

      Letting thousands or tens of thousands in, without processing them properly is wrong. They should receive medical treatment, they should be documented, and the worst elements of them weeded out and sent back to their country of origin. Open borders is wrong, as the country could not sustain its civil and social norms if tens of millions were able to flow across its borders freely.

      The people who supported these migrants getting to the border, want open borders, want lawlessness, and this is the result, people suffer.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I wish I was in a financial and health position to do a trip to take care of those people. The only tool I have right now is my fingers and the internet in writing about it. I suppose that will do for now since I cannot run faster than I have power. I wish that I could help like Eric. It would be such an honor to serve God that way.

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      A B Williams 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      A lot of people have stepped up to assist these people, many were in place long before they arrived. I doubt, very seriously, ‘the organizers’ are among them, I wonder where they are sleeping at night.....

      Eric, Godspeed on your humanitarian trip to Tijuana.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Eric, I hope that you decide to write about it. I hope that you detail your entire trip and give some perspective of how things go. Bless you guys for doing this.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric have faith. This is just a sample of my community at large.

      http://sdcitybeat.com/news-and-opinion/news/u-s-or...

      We are caravaning to TJ. Hopefully in the days to come we will stop with handouts and begin with hand ups. TJ and SD communities and our leaders are working together.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      You have valid points, but I keep putting myself in the place of these people. If I were in a caravan of people, I would want to be helped. To me it is just like the Mayflower coming to the Americas. They came with faith and hope of a better life. These people also do that, though I hope they are prepared to work hard for it. I cannot disagree with your points because I share them, but am trying to appeal to my brotherhood of humanity side.

      Thanks for giving to those in need. When you bless one of our fellow humans, it blesses us all.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric do not discount those of us who can see Tijuana from our homes. Peoria really not so much. We should allow people in because they use their children as bargaining chips? No one in that caravan deserves prompt treatment. If a family came to our embassy in Mexico City DF they would get proper attention as happens daily. But this mass invasion of thousands just cannot be cottoned.

      Someone said that "it looks bad". We should care about how it looks?

      We are seeing very well organized help from people in the USA to ease suffering. The Mexican gov. is overwhelmed. Did the organizers think of the garbage and refuse they are leaving in the streets. With the rain we pray extra for them. But now we see their fecal matter and urine washing into the TJ river and polluting Imperial Beach.

      I have trouble with compassion for people who care so little about others. But I will keep praying and we just gave 10 blankets to RAICES. Now these people need asylum now! LGBTQ "communidad" are fully oppressed and in eminent danger in Latino American Counties. Don't agree with RAICES but agree with what they do now.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      That I do not agree with, the force entry attempts by the men over here. I am close enough to the border to be worried about that here in Arizona.

      I am more concerned about the families than the single men. I have compassion for all humans, but whole families should be evaluated and processed first in my opinion. Single men should be regarded more carefully. The ones trying to force there way in need to be turned away. I am a fan of lawful organized entry into the States.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      A. B. your are correct. No matter what side of the issue we are one, someone will call us either black or white, when many of us are shades of gray.

      I am for entrance into the US, but I am for vetting and pledging allegiance to the US. I want the humane needs of the people cared for now. We can worry about citizenship or asylum after vetting. They need clean water and sanitary conditions before disease spreads. I suppose that is my biggest concern. I don't think they should be granted freedom as US citizens, but gain access to this country where they can be vetted and taken care of while they are waiting.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      bill, I stand with you on that one. I hope that we can work together with the Mexican government to get those people to safety.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      John, thanks for your encouragement. It is a serious issue that can make the US look bad in the eyes of the world if we are as insensitive as other countries have been. We do need to protect ourselves. There are an awful lot of single men and Mexico is how terrorist tend to get into the US.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Pamela, thanks for reading and commenting. I understand your sentiment about taking care of the refugees already here in the States. We have an opportunity to help those at the border also. There are programs in place to help with our poor and needy as it stands. If we wait until we reach all the people who want to be helped here, we would do nothing for anyone. We have the power to do good on both fronts.

      Also, with that group of single men, I wonder about that. I wonder if they have families. I wonder if they are fleeing justice. I pray for them and hope they get past the vetting process if they are true freedom seekers. If not, I hope they are brought to justice.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and well written. Our family just starts out from a base of the time, effort and money it took for my wife to immigrate properly. Then because of my reading and the like I understand what an invasion is "art of war Sun Tzu." And this is an invasion attempt by any stretch of understanding. You march on a sovereign nation of laws it is not unforeeable that you army will be bogged down. See the deaths in the Civil and WWI. To include children in a violent march is akin to the boy soldiers in Afrika.

      I have a great home and life. Sorry but I lock the doors at night. A man comes in need he will cared for in my home. A man who tries to break down my door and enter is not welcome.

      Sure Christ tells us to love our enemies but he did not say to house and protect those who mean harm.

      Can we believe that these people meant to come here legally? I am law abiding for Christ told us to render on to Caesar that which is Caesar's and that clearly means following laws.

      Throwing rocks and bottles at people is strange for those seeking a better life without violence.

      Never at Ellis Island was there forced entry en mass.

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      A B Williams 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Rodric,

      This Nation is the most compassionate Nation on planet earth, no doubt about it. At the same time, we are targeted by many that do not care to learn, understand or honor what we have built here. They do not respect that we are a Nation of Laws, laws which aren't to be sifted through, but rather followed equally by everyone. While many do seek a safe place to rest their heads for once in their lives, others are only seeking to take full advantage of us and sadly, others seek entry with hate in their hearts, only seeking to do us harm.

      We do not know the one seeking a safe place to rest from the one wishing to carry out a deadly attack on this Country, until they have both been properly vetted. It is a process, it isn't about overpowering a sovereign Nation and hoping for the best or using a child for a photo op and a vote of sympathy.

      I'm sorry if that seems insensitive, no one wants to be seen as a hater or a racist, but today you cannot make a valid point or point out things which should be obvious to all Americans, without being accused of both.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am so friggin' tired of the hatred and racism in this country. Thank you for speaking out.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A very humanitarian look at a problem which has no simple solution. Well written Rodric. It is an important issue that needs to be addressed urgently.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Rodric, I think some deserve to come in, but not all. The families that are being persecuted in their country will probably be let in, but I am not so sure abour the large group of single men. Mexico offered many of them asylum but they refused.

      They are coming here with nothing, which means we have to provide housing, food and health care. We have veterans that need help as they are commiting suicide (20 daily), and we have a homeless population that we need to help. Do we need to sort our priorities? We provide those with asylum for those who were living in unsafe conditions, but that is not everyone.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Howard.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Amen, Rodric. You said it all perfectly. Let them in. They are suffering and need a chance in life.

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