On Independence Day, my family volunteered at a homeless shelter, joining men, women, and children whose lives demonstrate American resilience. It is the kind of resilience which I have to believe will someday lead them home.
Tonight, we reflect on the values of Independence Day: "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." We reflect on both that original promise of freedom for some and the hard consequences for countless native families, slaves, and scores of immigrants who have taken the long way home in America.
I want to believe that the homeless shelter, located... More