Just this week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, ignited controversy by suggesting that the Statue of Liberty’s welcoming message wasn’t intended for all immigrants, just those able to “stand on their own two feet.”
The backlash against such attitudes also has been rising. The FBI is investigating cases in which shots were fired this week into buildings used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and one of ICE’s contractors, presumably in protest of actions taken toward immigrants.
The event held in Pueblo isn’t going to solve those types of problems overnight. But maybe over time, it can help shift some people’s attitudes toward a greater understanding and tolerance of people who look and live differently from them.