Push and Pull
Like many who came before
From distant corners of the globe
Pushed from home
Hunger, Poverty, War
The United States
Land of Dreams
Pulling those seeking a better life
Offering hope and optimism
To the downtrodden, the desperate
They've come to this New World
For several hundred years now
In crashing waves from different places at different times
Only to face new struggles
In a new land
"They're taking our jobs."
"They're stealing our money."
"They don't want to speak English."
"Send them all back to where they came from."
They've all taken turns bearing the brunt
Eventually each group melds into the giant pot
Becoming a part of a new America
Time and time again
And the wave we have crashing over our shores now