We’re getting awfully tired of people interpreting “The New Colossus,” the poem written by Emma Lazarus as part of a fundraiser to build a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, as foreign policy, while laws like the one passed into law by President Bill Clinton “to ensure that non-citizens do not abuse our public benefit programs and jeopardize the safety net needed by vulnerable Americans” are just seen as suggestions.

You might remember that a petulant Jim Acosta not only read from “The New Colossus” at a 2017 press briefing; he then tweeted the poem to his Twitter feed.

And just last summer, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King visited a border patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, where children of illegal immigrants were being housed, and promptly reported that “the Statue of Liberty, I think, is weeping right now.”

On Tuesday, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli tweaked every progressive’s favorite part of the poem in an NPR interview.

CNN reports:

“Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, give me your poor,’ are also a part of the American ethos?” NPR’s Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli on “Morning Edition” in an interview published Tuesday.

“They certainly are: ‘Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,'” he replied. “That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge was passed — very interesting timing.”

That sounds like a good answer. Maybe it’s time to remember the original meaning of the Statue of Liberty and also remember that there was no revolving door at Ellis Island. America had borders and it protected those borders, as is any sovereign country’s right.

CNN isn’t taking it well, obviously. They want the huddled masses, and yet they don’t want them huddled in “concentration camps” yearning to breathe free.

That may sound like hyperbole, but don’t forget that every single participant in the first Democratic primary debate raised his or her hand when asked if they’d provide free health care for illegal immigrants.

We imagine that’s on a billboard Gavin Newsom erected right on the California border.

And before anyone thinks we’re heartless (too late), consider that this Clinton-era law which hasn’t been enforced has plenty of exceptions.

We’re sure we’ll hear plenty more news stories about the Lady Liberty crying on the evening news.


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