“A broke, orphan immigrant from the West Indies built our financial system.”
At this year’s University of Pennsylvania graduation, commencement speaker Lin-Manuel Miranda had one message: Immigrants rock! This political year has seen a steady uptick in anti-immigrant sentiment and a lot of it has been fueled by rhetoric from Donald Trump. The graduates at Penn were given a much different and more positive view of immigrants, one that students and administrators supported with a roaring standing ovation.
“In a year when politicians traffic it in anti-immigrant rhetoric, there is also a Broadway musical reminding us that a broke, orphan immigrant from the West Indies built our financial system,” Miranda told the graduates. “A story that reminds us that since the beginning of the great, unfinished symphony that is our American experiment, time and time again, immigrants get the job done.”
Well said, Miranda.