Michael Savage: US No Longer in 'Age of Statue of Liberty'

Michael Savage: US No Longer in 'Age of Statue of Liberty'”

Most Americans probably know these words, which are inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty along with the rest of the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. "The poem that you're referring to was added later". The French people would fund the statue, while the Americans agreed to pay for the construction of the pedestal.

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France for the USA centennial celebration, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. The poem appeared in Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and The New York Times. But he was wrong to imply such a divide between the two, because from the beginning, the poem was written for the statue.

I was only recently reminded of the rest of Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus", only part of which is usually quoted and universally known.

"The New Colossus" by Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus was written in 1883, as many immigrants were moving to the United States through the port of Ellis Island in NY.

President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the statue in 1886. At least there's a possibility it will lead more people to read Lazarus's poem, if only to find the part that says, "Talk English!"

MILLER: Well, first of all, right now it's a requirement that to be naturalized, you have to speak English.

By Miller's logic, maybe the United States Constitution lacks significance because it was written 11 years after our country's founding. The Statue of Liberty figures in the family legends of millions of us, maybe even the reader of this article.

The pair verbally sparred over the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of freedom and what it represents in relation to United States immigration policy.

I agree with Miller that "this [was] an incredible moment" but not because of Acosta's putative "cosmopolitanism" (itself a historically loaded term).

ACOSTA: - has always thought of as immigration coming into this country? Whether as "MOTHER OF EXILES" or as profound symbol of anti-slavery, the glow of Liberty's beacon can't be extinguished by historical obfuscation and lies.

We would point out that in this battle of Jew versus Jew, which white nationalists on Twitter are heralding as a Fun Sport, Lazarus has already won.

Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a hallmark of his administration and has tried to slash federal grants for cities that refuse to comply with federal efforts to detain and deport those living in the country illegally. From then on, so tightly bound was poem to statue that aging refugees would recall reading it as they sailed past, though it was never visible from the outside. Both offer a vision of an America where the gate remains open, a vision that is all the more powerful at times when the gate is being closed.

Though Ms. Villegas had not heard about the exchange between Mr. Miller and Mr. Acosta, she said Lazarus's poem was her favorite part of visiting Liberty Island. Nevertheless, the draw of the United States and its opportunities has never diminished, as the unidentified bodies of migrants in the desert can sadly attest to.

Noting he's the son of an immigrant, he acknowledged that many Americans are confused by the Trump proposal, if not angered by it, because they are good-hearted people and argue America is "a nation of immigrants". It is up to every generation to decide what the statue will mean and what America will become. But the tradition of restricting immigration, of overblown concerns about assimilation and economics is also as old as America.

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