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Ross: Where are the people who love America unconditionally?

New York Demonstrators send messages of love, dignity, and equality in opposition to hate, racism, and incitement of violence that they say was a hallmark of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. (Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Political Action)

The great thing about being an American is that when a president says to you something like “Why don’t you go back where you came from?” you can simply say,  “Because I don’t want to and you can’t make me.”

And of course some people go beyond that, but the point is, having that kind of freedom is part of what makes America such a magnet for oppressed people.

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Like the woman CBS’ Nora O’Donnell talked to through a chain link fence at a migrant processing center in Texas.

“Where are you from?” O’Donnell asked.

“Venezuela,” the woman replied.

“And you traveled the whole way with your son?”


The woman said “They left us alone in the Jungle. I had to walk so much. It was terrible, but I had to do it for my son.”

When President Trump said that anyone who hates America is free to leave, I think it’s fair to say he was expressing a preference for people who love America as it is.

And this whole debate got me wondering – where can you find people like that? People who love America unconditionally?

Is it the person who always stands for the anthem? Is it the person who pays their taxes on time? Or is it a mother, who navigates a jungle with her two-year-old son, and who is sleeping on a mat under a Mylar blanket behind a fence, and yet who feels nothing but gratitude?

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