Listen to my comments on May Day:
simsmayday2008 (MP3, 2 MB)
Everyone got to this county by boat, voluntarily or involuntarily, or by land bridge.
We are the only nation in the world to achieve such extraordinary greatness without a common gene pool. We are a nation of immigrants that made a decision to come here, resolve our differences peacefully, respect the cultures that we bring and the talents and skills, and I believe that our continued greatness will be based upon whether or not we provide pathways to citizenship. We were founded as a country that created pathways to citizenship. We have nothing to fear.
And I believe we can be an example to the rest of the world, which has been unable to be welcoming. A world that feasts on its differences, goes to war over its differences, creates classes of people on their differences, those who have opportunities and those who do not have opportunities based on their differences – we call them ethnic. We call them tribal.
And I believe that we can be a truer beacon of light by not ever descending into the depths of disdain for people who are different than us, worried about whether they can contribute to our great economy.
We should provide pathways to citizenship – celebrate our diversity as the strength it is.
This nation is diverse – no common gene pool. And it is an extraordinarily great nation. And quite frankly those people who wish now to close down our borders and tell people they’re not welcome are removing the very thing that made us a great nation – diversity of culture, opinion, language and religion.
But we all found a common purpose and that was what it meant to be an American. And being proud of being an American and being proud of being a citizen of the United States of America.
And I don’t want that door closed.