Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York released a statement today to mark May Day. Citing Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants and minorities, Schumer stressed “America’s promise to be a shining light and beacon of hope for those in need.”
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 1, 2017
Sen. Schumer’s statement in full:
“From my house in Brooklyn I can see the Statue of Liberty, and it reminds me every day of America’s promise to be a shining light and beacon of hope for those in need. Just like my ancestors, millions of immigrant families came to the United States looking for a better life for their loved ones. Today, those immigrant families and workers are being targeted and attacked in unprecedented ways.
“This first day of May, communities throughout the country are joining together to fight back against President Trump’s and Republicans’ attacks on immigrants, workers, Muslims and many more. Senate Democrats stood strong against President Trump’s deportation force, border wall, unconstitutional executive orders, and de-funding sanctuary cities, and we will keep working to protect immigrant rights and maintain an inclusive, diverse, and strong America that welcomes hardworking immigrants and recognizes their contributions to our nation.”
In contrast, we have already seen how Donald Trump has celebrated the day, eating cake with his rich friends in honor of imaginary accomplishments that will only lead to the deaths and untold suffering of many Americans if he has his way.
It is important to remember America’s long role as a sanctuary for those seeking a better life as Donald Trump shows a continuing disregard not only for the immigrants who have long made America prosperous but for the Constitution that established this nation.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.