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Mending Our Welcome Mat


Mending Our Welcome Mat

Olivia Alperstein

My great grandmother Rose was just 10 when she traveled to the United States with her family. They fled from Poland to England, took a boat to Canada, and crossed the border. The trip was long, but not nearly as treacherous as the journey many refugees are taking across the Aegean Sea today.

At the Canadian border, there were no wire fences or soldiers with guns. The biggest decision Rose’s family had to make was whether or not to identify themselves as Jewish when they registered with American immigration services.


"Our" government is populated by opportunists who will gleefully use xenophobia to further ossify their power.


I'd like to take that Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas and move it to the border with Mexico, with the same plaque, unaltered.