In this toxic time, we would be well-served to reflect on that most revered and symbolic of immigrants: the Statue of Liberty, which crossed the ocean from France and since 1886 has been the beacon of American ideals to the rest of the world.

On Lady Liberty’s pedestal are the stirring words of poet Emma Lazarus:

 “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …”

We must never forget that America is not only a country, but an idea.

Mike Perricone

Riverside