"This Land is your Land"07/10/13 Warren Elly with B.John Ovink
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At the base of the Statue of Liberty its written -
â€œâ€¦Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flameâ€¨ is the imprisoned lightning, and her nameâ€¨ Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-handâ€¨ glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command. â€¨"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries sheâ€¨ with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,â€¨ your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; â€¨the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. â€¨Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,â€¨ I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
That's from a sonnet by American Poet Emma Lazarus. She wrote it during the largest migration in modern human history, between 1850 and 1913 when 30 million European Immigrants came to America, for many of us these were our ancestors.
The question today, a hundred years later, will that golden door swing open for 11 million immigrants estimated to be in the country illegally?
Warren Elly's guest today has helped many through that golden door, he is immigration lawyer John Ovink, an immigrant himself, he speaks 6 languages. John is also co-founder of Tampa's Friends of the River, devoted to preserving the great Hillsborough.