WHAT IMMIGRANTS HAVE TAUGHT ME-(MYSELF, BEING ONE).THE LESSON: HOW TO BE STRONG UNDER LIFE SEVERE HARDSHIPS, AND STILL TO BE HUMAN. CAVEAT: IF YOU ARE NOT HUMAN, THEN DON’T READ THIS.

EXCERPT (c)  1996- FROM THE BOOK- LOSING LITTLE SISTER.- RAS CARDO.

I WANT THE WORLD OF IMMIGRANTS TO SEE, READ, AND KEEP THIS ESSAY IN THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS, FOR IT WILL PROVIDE A RESOURCE FROM WHICH TO BUILD STRENGTH THROUGH ADVERSITY.

IF THERE IS EVER AN UNSPOKEN THOUGHT, WITH ANGUISH AND PAIN IT IS THIS. THERE IS A PAIN WHICH STILLS THE SOULS OF ALL IMMIGRANTS- LEGAL OR NOT- AND THAT OF REFUGEES.

KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR HOMELAND, AND THERE ARE RELATIVES LEFT BEHIND WHOM YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO BE WITH AT THEIR MOMENT OF SICKNESS OR DEATH. YOU WORRY IF YOU WILL EVER SEE THEM AGAIN.

THIS IS THE SILENT CRY OF MOST IMMIGRANTS. IT OFTEN GOES UNSPOKEN.

TRYING TO BALANCE THE THOUGHT OF -WANTING A BETTER LIFE- IN A DIFFERENT PLACE- WITH PEOPLE WHO MAY BECOME HOSTILE TO YOU- FOR WHATEVER REASON IS NOT COMFORTING.

I WOULD OFTEN TRY TO PICTURE WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR MY FOREPEOPLE IN SLAVERY DAYS.

I CAME HERE BECAUSE AMERICA WANTED ME HERE. MY ENTRY WAS SECURE BEFORE I LEFT MY HOMELAND, BUT I FEEL THE PAIN FOR MANY IN OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES .

THOSE FLEEING PERSECUTION AND CERTAIN DEATH FROM LANDS NEAR AND FAR, MUST HAVE WITHIN THEM THE WILL TO LIVE.

I WILL BE THE FIRST TO SAY THIS: PEOPLE LIKE REFUGEES SHOWS THE WILL, FEARLESS COURAGE, AND GUTS OF TRUE LEADERSHIP.

CAVEAT: THOSE WHO QUOTE ME ON THIS , HAD BETTER DO IT EXACTLY AS IT IS WRITTEN. IT IS ALL TRUE. IT IS WHAT MAKES PATRIOTISM MEANINGFUL.

SO, I RAS CARDO SAY, SHOW ME A PRESIDENT OR PRIME MINISTER WHO WILL SHOW COMPASSION TO THESE PEOPLE IN TIMES LIKE THESE, AND I WILL TELL YOU STRAIGHT- THIS IS A MAN/WOMAN WHO CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE. FOR ANYTHING ELSE IS HYPOCRISY,DECEPTIVE AND CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR HUMAN SUFFERING.

I WILL BE THE FIRST TO SAY- I AM NO SAINT, NOR NO SAVIOR.

SO, I MUST ASK AMERICA-HOW HUMAN MUST YOU BE TO LACK COMPASSION FOR HUMAN SUFFERINGS? AT THE END OF LIFE JOURNEY WE ALL GO THE SAME WAY.

WISE UP! WAKE UP AND LIVE!  WHAT ARE WE SEEKING? WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO FIND IN THIS LIFE? I AM, RAS CARDO FROM TRENCH TOWN. PEACE!

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