Trump wants to dim Lady Liberty's lamp. Another norm torched.

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The Statue of Liberty, long we've been told,

Welcomes the poor and those left in the cold.

But Trump wants to change it

To something quite strange; it

Now will invite only those who have gold.

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  • Well said, my friend. You do so well writing about such horrible events.

  • Donald Trump and his sycophants have often tried to rewrite history, but never before that written on a bronze plaque.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    There was also the article about some acting director at Immigration and Citizenship Services (no one is permanent now) saying that the wretched hordes were only European. I don't know if that was the case, or the intent was that the Central Americans should enter through New York harbor, but it was certainly impolitic, as was some Iowa congressman's suggestion that Dennis Byrne's progenitors were the result of rape or incest.

    One thing I'm sure about: Most Negro immigrants had jobs, a plot to grow collards and black eye peas, and health care when they entered the country, not that they had any choice about that.

  • In reply to jack:

    There is also irony in the fact that the acting director you mentioned has an Italian last name. Ten years after Emma Lazarus' poem was cast in bronze, Congress told us in the Immigration Act of 1924 that the poem refers only the northern European Protestant Christians. Italians need not apply beyond a small number--no huddled masses.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Similarly, this archive (under Anti-Semetism & the Elite) indicates that while Lazarus's family was accepted because "Those like Emma Lazarus' family, who had lived in America since before the Revolution, were the refined, "true Hebrews." According to Hilton, only the dirty, greedy, German immigrant "Seligman Jews" were unwanted."

    Apparently, the hotel keepers of that age didn't have any problems with German immigrants of orange racial origin.

  • Great post! Thank you.

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