In reflecting on the poem, “The New Colossus”, I wanted to find a poem that was written more recently as a means of comparing past and present viewpoints on the topic of immigration. In doing so, I found a poem titled, “Poetry Immigration”, by John Myers. The poem was written in 2008. Toward the end of his poem, he addresses an important aspect of current public opinion on immigration: that it changes. He includes lines such as, “Send them all back where they came from”, as a means of depicting the negativity that often initially surrounds immigration. Many American citizens are apprehensive to welcome people who do not entirely resemble themselves. As time progresses, Myers states the following: “Eventually each group melds into the giant pot.” The more that immigrants begin to resemble current Americans, the easier it is for them to gain approval. Thus, Myers suggests that Americans are much more accepting of immigrants if they are able to find a way to coexist with those currently living in the country. Often, this means leaving behind their old ways of life in order to adopt those of the Americans. As long as this is done successfully, the public opinion toward immigration is rather positive. While acceptance is usually the outcome, is it authentic? Is the way that we go about acceptance the right way? Should we have to go through the apprehension in order to attain a resolution? I am unsure about answers to these questions.
October 31, 2013