This is the immigration record of my great-grandmother, entering Ellis Island from Italy in 1935.
They asked her if she was a polygamist or an anarchist or whether she supported the violent overthrow of the US government.
She said no (red box). And so they let her in–despite the violence of the Italian Mafia and the terrorism Italian anarchists were committing in the US–along with her two young daughters, reuniting them with her husband and thus preventing them from possibly becoming three of the 150,000+ Italian civilians who died during WWII.
I am heartbroken today that we are not doing the same thing for this generation’s mothers and children who are trying to escape war and reunite with their families.
I am heartbroken as an American who has benefited from our previous willingness to welcome immigrants, but I am more deeply bothered as a believer in the Bible and a follower of Jesus and a member of the LDS Church.