While I only took one Anthropology class before graduating Binghamton in 1998, I know that part of what makes BU the outstanding institution it is (and has always been) are faculty like Professor Lubna Omar. Professor Omar’s 02/09/2017 column, is extraordinary for the story of success that shines through the troubles that she has experienced.
It is a tragedy of modern times that the tragic stories like Professor Omar’s experience is merely a pebble in a sea of woe. Now more than ever it is critical to recall the entirety of the Emma Lazarus poem, especially the first lines: “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, / With conquering limbs astride from land to land; / Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand / A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame / Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name / Mother of Exiles.”
There are many people – I’d like to think myself and my fellow immigration lawyers included – working hard to ensure that the Mother of Exiles continues to welcome people like Professor Omar. While U.S. immigration laws can be harsh, I hope that Professor Omar consults with an good immigration lawyer to explore the avenues available to help find her a way to stay permanently and legally in the United States and continue making the contributions that she has clearly been working so hard on.
Binghamton University Class of 1998