We Means All of Us
We the People is essential and foundational to understanding the United States. We are a country made up of its people. We come from many places. Some of us can trace our roots to the indigenous communities of this land. Some of our ancestors were brought here for the slave trade. Some of our ancestors came here willingly to pursue freedom, or success, or a new chance at life. Some of us were born here, and others of us were born in other lands. Some of us speak English while others do not.
All of these different backgrounds, experiences, languages, and cultures make us who we are as a Nation. We The People are a multitude. And we must be committed to staying that way. Immigration is a foundation of America. No other nation has as large an immigrant population as does the United States—and this remains our greatest strength.
While immigration is foundational, it remains one of the most fraught social and political issues in our country. Who can enter this country, who can work here, who can create a family here, and who can become Americans are questions that continue to roil our politics.
And yet, most Americans would agree that immigration is good and necessary for the continuing vibrancy and growth of America’s economy and society. We need a Common Good approach to immigration and border management. Common Good practices must include all of us, from all the places from which we come. It means including all the cultures that make us the United States.
The Bike-Border Ride, along with our Community Rides, and Virtual Rides are designed to encourage people to call for a Common Good approach to our nation’s immigration and border practices. The Common Good means setting the right policies leading to the inclusion of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers through a clear, fair, accessible path to migrate into the United States. It also means advocating for the best practices on the border and in all of our communities to make possible a better and more beautiful expression of We The People.
The Common Good means recognizing and repeating that this country does not “belong to some of us” who allow others to participate. We are a country of all of us. Our current immigration and border system is not facilitating the inclusion of people in a way that creates this “more perfect union.”
So, we are endeavoring from coast-to-coast along our southern border to hear the stories, meet the peoples, and call for a change in our policies, practices, and the hearts of We The People.