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White House row over Statue of Liberty

White House row over Statue of Liberty”

A journalist asked him if this conflicted with US values, citing one of the poem's most famous passages: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". In Wednesday's heated exchange between Miller and CNN's Jim Acosta, the nation watched these famous lines become "fighting words", but in fact, they have been just that for years.

"Yes, my friends, we're no longer living in the age of the Statue of Liberty, where we can take in all of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free", he said.

"I am shocked at your statement, that you think only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English", Mr Miller said. According to Politico, Lazarus' sonnet "New Collosus" was added to the NY monument in 1903 on a plaque, but does not appear on the actual statue itself. For those who mau not have seen the new legislation that aims to reduce the country's intake of immigrants still further. Grover Cleveland, the same president who banned an entire category of people based on country of origin, also dedicated the most recognizable symbol of America as a beacon of freedom. While he's certainly right that the plaque for "The New Colossus" was not added to the base of the statue until several years after the dedication, it's not as if the poem is a random one that was stuck on later - it was always about the Statue of Liberty.

Stephen Miller and Jim Acosta's verbal sparring about the history of the poem is just the latest iteration of a struggle and a contradiction as old as the United States.

Since 1986, the plaque has been part of a display in the museum within the pedestal.

But on two counts, Miller was dead wrong.

Many quote the statement on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free". It was the brainchild of French historian and abolitionist Édouard René de Laboulaye, and like many monuments, it had a complex genesis.

"Liberty Enlightening the World" would show the world that, in the wake of the repressive Second Empire, France and liberty were, again, one. After the South's defeat, a small circle of French intellectuals who admired the U.S. Constitution founded the French Emancipation Committee to raise funds for the newly freed African-Americans.

Writers and authors later asked Emma Lazarus, a poet and descendant of Jewish immigrants, to write a sonnet to be sold at an auction to raise money for a pedestal to hold the Statue of Liberty.

She imagined it as a symbol of America's renunciation of conquest, empire, and pompous aristocracy.

GJELTEN: She was not alone in seeing the statue as sending a message to refugees. And lift my leg upon your filthy poor. By 1903 the statue had become firmly intertwined in the minds of Americans with images of immigrants arriving by boat to Ellis Island only a few miles away from the New Colossus. To bar immigrants while the birthrate dips is to emulate Japan, whose own fading economic prospects are a direct result of precisely such conditions and policies.

But if we're to be pedantic literalists, and ignore the association with immigration which the Statue of Liberty has developed over the past twelve decades, then by all means let's return to her original objective if we must.

Like it or not, the statue and the poem have both become symbols of the immigration story.

Kara, now 14 and a new immigrant to the United States, had returned to the statue with her sister and an aunt, on vacation from her new home in Solon, Ohio.



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