FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017
We Must Remember Who We Are – Strong, Resilient, Diverse
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
On this day, the 16th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11, let us remember and celebrate who we are as a people – strong, resilient, diverse.
Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11, 2001 when the planes hit and the towers fell not far from the Statue of Liberty, her torch raised in welcome.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….
Terrorists – both foreign and homegrown– hate how those words have helped shape and strengthen our country.
The Americans murdered on 9/11were Christians, Jews and Muslims. They were yellow, red, brown, black and white, all precious in God’s sight. They were born around the block and on the other side of the world.
Ours is the most diverse nation on earth and the most powerful. That is no coincidence.
Diversity is our strength, our not-so-secret weapon. That is why I urge the United States Congress to reverse President Donald Trump’s cruel and wrongheaded decision to end DACA, which threatens the futures and dreams of 800,000 young people – including students, teachers and members of the United States military.
The DACA recipients, also referred to as “Dreamers,” were brought here as young children by their unauthorized immigrant parents. Ours is the only country these young people know. To them, America is home.
Congress should not only reverse the president’s decision, it should pass legislation creating a path to citizenship.
These are trying times for our country and the world: nuclear tensions with North Korea, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, climate change. We need all hands-on deck. We cannot afford to waste – or banish – any of our talent. That is not who we are.