“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19
“Foreigners shall build up your walls” Isaiah 60:10.
I. Introduction: we can not forget that the greatness of Egypt was due to the labor of Jewish and other immigrants, neither can we forget that the greatness of the United States of America has also been forged by the hands of immigrants, since this is a “nation of immigrants.”
II. The great labor of immigrants has built the foundation of the world. According to the United Nations, there are more than 200 million immigrants in the world. In the United States alone there are 30 million, of which 20 million are Hispanic and 12 million are illegal aliens. In a day like this, we are out in the streets of this great nation to let the American people that we are here, to tell Congress and Immigration that we are those who built their homes and mansions, who planted and harvested the food on their tables everyday, who take the worst jobs and then are lest remunerated for it.
III. We are not a burden to this country. We work with all our strength, leaving our sweat, blood, tears, and even our lives for this great nation. We pay our taxes and contribute more than 10 million dollars annually to the treasury of America. Furthermore, the National Immigrant Solidarity Network points out that immigrants contribute seven billion dollars towards social security annually. They earn $240 billion dollars, report $90 billion, and are reimbursed five billion dollars through their income taxes. They also contribute to the American economy another 25 billion dollars in medical attention and social services. Nonetheless, the greatest statistic is the incalculable amount of money that immigrants workers generate their employers, of which an insignificant proportion is returned to the immigrant worker as their salary.
IV. Conclusion: we immigrants are not terrorists nor are we are lazy parasites. As immigrants, we came to this county to work, to triumph, and broaden this nation with our work, in this way maintaining our families both here and abroad and maintaining the production of million of dollars for this country and great amounts of money to our native nations. We work where no one else is willing to and loving this nation to the extent that we end up becoming resident aliens or citizens in gratefulness towards this nation for opening us the doors.
V. Application: today my heart is bleeding because my fellow illegal aliens are suffering, having their families split apart, without the ability to obtain a driver’s license, many are sick and can not acquire medical insurance. We can not make this country greater and at the same time live as rats hidden in caves. I have a dream and it is not mine alone, but of every immigrant just as Dr. Martín Luther King Jr. dreamt that all immigrants would be treated as equal. We are not Chinese, or Mexican, central Americans, nor Europeans, we are immigrants! We are human beings, we are immigrants! We want to live secure and in peace. Finally, in God we trust that our leaders will extend a merciful hand to all of these people that with their blood, sweat, and tears just as any other citizen have made of this country the last corner of the world where dreams can come true, and as its coins remind us everyday that if we have come this far is because “in God we Trust!” God Bless America.
Dr. Ramon Murray, Ph. D., Th. D., Ed. D.