This week at a briefing, CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta stated to Senior White House aide Stephen Miller that the new GOP immigration plan did not seem like it was in accordance with American tradition. Then, Acosta mentioned the poem found on the Statue of Liberty called ‘The New Colossus’.
Miller responded, “The poem you were referring to was added later … It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”
Yes, Emma Lazarus’ ‘The New Colossus’ was added to The Statue of Liberty seventeen years after the monument arrived in New York Harbor. But, who cares?
Millions of people arrived in The United States over the past 100+ years through New York Harbor and were welcomed by The Statue of Liberty. As a result, this statue has become a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. It is an sign of what America can and has offered to so many people. It represents the hope and spirit of immigrants everywhere, despite the effort of many politicians who wish to dehumanize them and forget our history.
Lady Liberty stands for optimism, protection of those in exile or looking for opportunity, and above all self-determination or freedom.
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