Does America have room, both physically and metaphorically, for the many people who have come (and continue to come) to its shores and crossed its borders, hoping for a better life? I hope so. Even across centuries of immigrants who bring different ideas and new perspectives, America's foundational, democratic principles remain. Irish, German, Chinese, Japanese, […]

Does America have room, both physically and metaphorically, for the many people who have come (and continue to come) to its shores and crossed its borders, hoping for a better life?
I hope so. Even across centuries of immigrants who bring different ideas and new perspectives, America's foundational, democratic principles remain. Irish, German, Chinese, Japanese, just to name a few groups, came to America and were viewed warily, perhaps even with hostility, by immigrants who had arrived before them. Somehow, America has absorbed many diverse peoples and is better off for the contributions each person has made.
The phrase, 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts' comes to mind.
What's important is to not lose sight of the big picture: we don't have to agree on everything. Our system of government has checks and balances in place to ensure that one branch of government does not dominate or become overly powerful.
If we want to really stand up for what's great about America, then we will stand up for all who choose to call the USA home. When we say, I am proud to be an American, we might also add I am proud to be Mexican, Irish, Swedish, Czech, Syrian, German, English, Russian, Polish, Nigerian, Puerto Rican, and so on. That's what America is: a mix of many. Wherever our ancestors came from, wherever modern-day immigrants come from, that is America. When we recognize that being an American should not be defined in narrow terms, then we are getting closer to what it means be one. Native Americans excepted, we are all from somewhere else.
In the end, I believe, America has broad enough shoulders to carry all who have come and who continue to come; for all who treasure democratic ideals of liberty and freedom.
So I say thank you, America, for continuing to be a shining light and a beacon of hope for all seeking a better life.