Let My People Stay – a new song Interfaith Immigrant Support Passover Seder – April 11, 2017

On the morning of April 11th, at a spirited interfaith seder/rally in support of immigrant advocate Ravi Ragbir and millions of other immigrants who are at risk of detention and deportation. My accordion led the march with music from outside local ICE headquarters in Manhattan at 26 Federal Plaza to New York Law School, whose immigration clinic staff faculty and students have been defending Ravi with great skill and dedication. At the close of the seder, over 100 immigration activists movingly sang “Let My People Stay”. The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir also lifted people’s spirits with song. Thanks to photojournalist Erik McGregor for capturing the march.

Let My People Stay
(to the tune of Let My People Go)
Words by Paul Stein

Immigrants helped build this land.
Let my people stay!
Hear our voices, we demand,
Let my people stay!
No ban, no wall,
All are welcome in our land.
We know this hate must go.
Let my people stay!

See our faces proud and strong.
Let my people stay!
All faiths and colors, we belong.
Let my people stay!
To detention, we say “No”,
All detainees, let them go,
Free to be with their family,
Let my people stay!

Give me your tired, give me your poor,
Let my people stay!
Refugees flock to our shore,
Let my people stay!
Hatred and bigotry
Threaten peace and liberty.
We take a stand throughout this land,
Let my people stay!

© 2017 Paul Stein

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