Letter to the Editor: Allow More Refugees Into America


62,000 refugees isn't enough. I call upon Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Sen. Patty Murray to take action and fulfill our national promise. 

Let us throw open the gates to those yearning to breathe free.

I call upon my elected officials to lobby the Biden Administration to set the refugee limit to at least one million per year.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Samuel Jennings