Bid to Remove Part of the Poem on the Statue of Liberty

We all know as American citizens, everyone who comes into this country must come into this country legally and live within the United States of America laws whether from the North, South, East, or West borders.

Etched into a bronze plaque at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty is the words of Emma Lazarus, the poem “The New Colossus.”  It welcomes all immigrants to the United States of America, but how welcoming should it be?  It has led to the multitudes of illegal immigrants within our country.

The top immigration official Ken Cuccinelli offers a new version of the poem.  Since illegal immigration has been such a problem over the last few decades, Cuccinelli wanted the poem to align with the new rule of immigration called the “public charge” policy.

The revised verse of the poem reads, “Give me your tired and your poor, who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”

The announcement was to put regulations on green cards where federal officials can deny issuing the cards to a legal immigrant who abuses the public benefits system or who will plan to abuse the programs in the future.

Critics, who are the looney bin Left, argued the new policy in place goes against Lazarus’ poem which reads, “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!” 

The sonnet, which is associated with the torch-wielding lady greets immigrants who land at Ellis Island in New York.  It has been a message of welcome for those who seek a new and better life in America.  There is nothing wrong with anyone who wants to come to America for a better life.  We welcome those people as our ancestors were also immigrants.

The problem lies when immigrants think they can come over here and take the benefits and live off of them as though it is a handout.  The bottom line is, it is not a handout.  Money that comes from those benefits came from our tax dollars to help those in need who were laid off, who are disabled, and who are working to get back on their feet.  These people think they can just get it for free.  That is not how it was meant to be, and that is not what it is meant to do.

In the revised verse offered, “Give us your tired and your poor,” it means the refugees from all over the world who seek a better life.  The media and the Left are working together to make people believe we do not want anyone coming into our country at all.

This is not the case, which leads up to the next line.  “Who can stand on their own two feet.”  This line means what it says.  We welcome anyone who can come into this country with the attitude of what the late President John F. Kennedy stated in a very famous speech.  “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Those who want handouts and everything handed over to them feel they are entitled because they are immigrants.  That is not the truth.  We owe them nothing.

We as citizens of America have to toil and work to get what we want in this life, then it is only fair they should too.  Any immigrant who wants to come to America must be able to “stand on their own two feet.”

Finally, the last part of the revised verse goes in line with the new policy, “and who will not become a public charge.”  It is a waste of time, tax payer’s money, and energy.  The old saying states, “If you give a man fish, you will have to feed him for the rest of his life.  If you teach a man to fish, then he can feed himself, and you will not have to worry about feeding him.”

As if to criticize, Steven Portnoy, a CBS News Radio Correspondent asked Cuccinelli, “Is that sentiment, ‘Give us your tired, your poor,’ still operative in the United States, or should those words come down?”  Cuccinelli replied, “I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty.”  Democrats missed the entire point of what it means to be an American.