All the places where humanity resides Islands, to continents human beings came from somewhere. As much as we take pride in America being a nation of immigrants where diversity is celebrated, there are other nations in the world that are far more diverse and absorb a lot more immigrants and refugees than the United States. What makes America unique is not that it is willing to take in immigrants or refugees, what makes America unique is that we wrote it down in our value system and we decided to live by those principles. Then we propagated this value system to the rest of the world. We sat as the sage of opportunity on the international stage professing the American dream, that is equality for all. We sang the songs of the great democracy that we are.

Now when the whole world is convinced what America is all about, we are stepping back from our commitment and the two and half century old narrative that convinced millions to leave their home for the hope of a better life and opportunity. If we give up on our value system we cease to be what we profess we are. If we shut the doors on the new comers we shut the doors on the future of America. No matter how many layers we wrap our discrimination and prejudice in, we burn these layers down with the convictions of equality and freedom for which we have internalized and struggled in pursuit of happiness and justice for all.