"These our neighbors,
--stopped at the borders of countries too overwhelmed to welcome
held in trains, awaiting a word of hope,
huddled in camps and overcrowded shelters
with nowhere to turn and no way to turn back--
these neighbors need the welcome of America,
where Liberty still stands vigil in New York Harbor,
still singing give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
as she has sung for two centuries, as she sang for our own forebears.
Her torch blazes still, a light that shines in darkness,
bidding us to walk alongside,
to be once again a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden."
From "PRAYER AFTER RESTRICTION OF REFUGEES" from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
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