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A Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President,

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but this country was built on the backs of immigrants — and not the white ones.

Since before the American Colonies declared independence from Great Britain, millions of people living in Africa were brought here to be slaves. They were tortured, raped and leashed from their dignity. Slaves had their mouths stuffed with animal waste — and then sewed shut. If houses caught on fire, during numerous occasions, whites would not save them; they would let them burn alive. And some slaves even had their bones broken, so they could fit in compact spaces.

These slaves built the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building and even Wall Street. Because of their free, degrading labor, this country is as powerful as it currently is.

Some of the first words that come to my mind when thinking about immigrants in America are: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” I don’t know if you’re familiar with this line, Mr. President, but it derives from a poem about the Statue of Liberty.

My family and I immigrated to this country in 2003 — back when I was only four years old. It is my fortune that we had the proper resources to obtain legalization statuses.  

But unfortunately, this is not the case for many — primarily the ones from non-white countries, where individuals seek better futures. So they immigrate to this country with nothing but a single bag on their backs — dreaming that maybe, just maybe, they will be able to create a sustainable life for themselves.

These immigrants work tirelessly, day in and day out — epitomizing American ideals. They acquire an education, work arduously and pay taxes — something that you, Mr. President, have not done during certain years. They not only contribute to this country culturally, but also economically.

A woman by the name of Chimamanda Adichie, for example, immigrated to this country from Nigeria when she was 19 years old. She ended up studying at Yale University and winning countless nationally-distinguished awards for her novels.

Yet you, Mr. President, have attempted to pull every string to end these phenomena. Your version of making America great again is actually to make America white again. You exclaim your support for a border wall across the Southern Border which will create an absolute symbol of rejection for aspiring immigrants from Latin countries.

In the Jewish Bible’s Joshua and the Battle of Jericho chapter, instead of wanting the Israelites to create a peaceful relationship with Jericho’s people, God, as the Israelites’ leader, whitewashes the city, so that the Israelites can take it over. It kills the town’s natives — because It viewed them as problematic for the sole purpose that they were not Israelites.

So, Mr. President, my plea to you: understand that your current actions which attempt to whitewash America are anything but moral. God favored the Israelites over others, but you should understand the cruelty in that. People are not born choosing their skin color, race or ethnicity. Immigrants of color are human just like you and me. And so, treat them that way. Non-white countries are not “‘s’ holes,” as you once declared. But rather, non-white immigrants are the cause of America’s greatness.

Sincerely,

A thwarted immigrant

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Written by Noam Haykeen

Noam Haykeen is an immigrant from Israel and currently lives in Los Angeles. Follow him on twitter: @nhaykeen.

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  1. That’s nice. Sadly, it’s wrong in so many ways and proof that you really don’t belong within America’s borders because you don’t belong to America in your heart.

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