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Video: The Immigrant

In the wake of recent controversies about immigration, I was reminded of this song performed by Neil Sedaka   .   .   .   .

The Immigrant

Harbors open their arms to the young searching Foreigner

Come to live in the light of the beacon of liberty

Planes and open skies, billboards would advertise

Was it anything like that when you arrived?

Dreamboats carried the future to the heart of America

People were waiting in line for a place by the river

It was a time when strangers were welcome here

Music would play

They tell me the days were sweet and clear

It was a sweeter tune and there was so much room

That people could come from everywhere

Now he arrives with his hopes and his heart set on miracles

Come to marry his fortune with a handful of promises

To find they’ve closed the door

They don’t want him anymore

There isn’t anymore to go around

Turning away he remembers he once heard a legend

That spoke of a mystical, magical land called America

It was a time when strangers were welcome here

Music would play

They tell me the days were sweet and clear

It was a sweeter tune and there was so much room

That people could come from everywhere

It was a time when strangers were welcome here

Music would play

They tell me the days were sweet and clear

It was a sweeter tune and there was so much room

That people could come from everywhere

It was a time when strangers were welcome here

Music would play

They tell me the days were sweet and clear

It was a sweeter tune and there was so much room

That people could come from everywhere

© Copyright 1974 Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.