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“Give me your tired, your poor . . .”

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Today, the 28th of October, is the 120th anniversary of the official acceptance (by U.S. President Grover Cleveland) of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France.

I give you Emma Lazarus’ noble words (attached to the base in 1903) in ironic observance of this week’s signing of legislation calling for a new fence on our southern border.

Statue of Liberty

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Related posts:
Jesus’ Preference for the Poor
Cartoon: Reclaiming America from Illegal Immigrants
Christ in the Migrant
But they broke the law!
We are citizens of another nation
, , , , , Monte Asbury


Written by Monte

October 28, 2006 at 12:42 am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

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