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No, the Statue of Liberty Does NOT Stand for Open Borders

Once again liberals are claiming that the airy poem — “give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” — on the Statue of Liberty means that America is all about open borders and untrammeled immigration. But the truth is, that nice little poem has always been practically meaningless where it comes to our border policies. The poem was originally only tangentially connected to the famed Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazarus, who wrote “The New Colossus” in 1883, donated the poem to an auction of art and literary works conducted by the Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund to raise cash for the Statue of Liberty. It was then forgotten for a time.

© 2020 by John Woodhouse.