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Many interesting articles appear in The Wilson Times and Thursday’s column by Danny Tyree, “Misrepresenting the Statue of Liberty,” stands out as one of the most profound and honest I have read in quite a long time.
According to Mr. Tyree, and I wholeheartedly agree, Emma Lazarus’s line in the poem “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses….” is thought to be a law etched in stone that gives the right to every alien to cross our borders at will and if challenged, the wrath of our liberal government will explode.
Too many Americans do not understand that this line is part of Lazarus’s 1883 sonnet ”The New Colossus” and is but a poem and is not part pf the U.S. Constitution and has nothing to do with law. This poem was affixed to the Statue of Liberty some 20 years after it was read at the dedication.
Mr. Tyree states that this famous misleading line is not a covenant Moses brought down from Mount Sinai, nor does “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” guarantee free peanuts and Cracker-Jacks. I might add that it does not provide Baby Bear’s bed for Goldilocks to relish.
Please note that the words ”huddled masses” does not end this line in the poem. “Yearning to breathe free” are the ending words. Isn’t it really the freedom-craving immigrant that we want to be a citizen of this country? Isn’t it also our most demanding endeavor to stop the criminals, terrorists, diseased, welfare-seeking individuals out of this country — notwithstanding whether poor, tired, huddled, rich or famous?
Too many people attempt to compare our immigration policy today to the late 19th century and the early 20th century when there was a dire need for workers because of our growing economy and the expansion westward. Today we have millions of people unemployed, so how can we justify bringing in new people to enter our overtaxed welfare system? However, I must admit that we do need some new workers to supply the need created by our citizens who prefer welfare to employment.
Quick note to DACA Dreamers: If you have a clean record, you will not be deported. I’ll bet my barbecue sandwich. You are a bargaining chip that will eventually roll in the storm drain.