The Statue of Liberty was placed in New York Harbor to welcome new immigrants coming to America.
But which immigrants?
According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, the poem inscribed at the base of the statue that reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” refers primarily, if not exclusively, to lower classes of Europeans seeking a better life.
Speaking to CNN, Cuccinelli said that the poem by Emma Lazarus referred to “people coming from Europe where they had class based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class.”
And he’s probably right. It’s highly doubtful that Lazarus and the US authorities at that time were imagining waves of immigration from Africa, South America or the Middle East.
But does that mean it shouldn’t now be applied equally to those populations?
Cuccinelli doesn’t think so, but not due to the color of immigrants’ skin.
NPR asked him if the words “give me your tired, your poor” wasn’t now part of the American ethos, and he replied that “they certainly are.”
But, Cuccinelli qualified his response by noting that America has always, from the time the Statue of Liberty was erected until today, opened its arms to immigrants willing and capable to “stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”
Needless to say, Democrats have twisted Cuccinelli words to make him out as a racist.
But when asked what he thought of the matter, President Trump appeared to back up Cuccinelli, telling reporters aboard Air Force One:
“I don’t think it’s fair to have the American taxpayer paying for people to come into the United States. I think we’re doing it right.”
The ideal that the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty espouse is taking in immigrants and molding them into a highly-productive and homogenous nation.
And the Trump Administration is not wrong in pointing out that more recent waves of immigration have not forwarded that ideal, but rather have created pockets of unintegrated populations that more often than not survive on welfare.
Source: Times of Israel
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