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Becoming American

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Becoming American



We have always been a nation of immigrants,
Yet immigrants cause us to divide.
Newcomers are welcome when legitimate
For their energy, talents and pride.

To many besides the undocumented
Break our laws despite what they say.
As the anxious by the thousands
Pour over our borders each day.

The absolute one way to bring America to ruin
Is to let it become a clash of nationalities.
Even now as we argue and debate
We’re ignoring our long-term realities.

It’s time to bring back the melting pot
Or at least an updated application.
For one and all to assimilate and embrace
The laws that sustain our nation.

Everyone must learn about America’s heritage
Our democratic principles and freedom of choice.
All must be taught the values by which  we’re defined 
And English both printed word and voice.

We can volunteer to teach English to immigrants
And invite them to our church, synagogue or home.
What each of us does can make a difference
As the seeds of our culture are sown.









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