Boat People, Edel Rodriguez

“Boat people, that’s what many immigrants are considered. I was one of them, a refugee. I understand that welcoming strangers can be dangerous. Throughout history, many countries have sent their best, as well as their worst, to the United States. Irish gangs and the Italian Mafia, among many other criminal groups, flourished here soon after their arrival.

We have always lived with the dangers of accepting foreigners, and we have always dealt with them, knowing that those are the risks a country must assume if it is to be a beacon to the entire world.

This country now seems scared to take risks on foreigners, to bet on the possibility that the next boat full of strangers might be full of greatness.”



Edel Rodriguez, Cuban, American, painter, Quotes for Now