These lines from the sonnet “The New Colossus” are raised up as a beacon by the Left. Thinking and attempting to perpetrate a myth that the words are US immigration policy. This is a fallacy.
The poem was written as part of a fundraising effort for the construction costs of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. It was one of many auction items for this event. Written in 1883 and the funding didn’t get completed until 1885.
And from 1885 to 1901 the poem was forgotten about. It wasn’t mentioned with the Statue of Liberty was opened in 1886 or even cared about until 1901 when another individual sought to make it memorable. Only in 1903 when it was placed on a bronze plate inside the pedestal did it become known.
The writer, Emma Lazarus, was a Jewish activist supporting Jewish immigration to the United States and other Jewish causes. Including the creation of a Jewish homeland. She worked with Jewish immigrants to help provide vocational training to those who arrived destitute so the could become self-supporting and not have to rely on the state.
Many of these things the Left opposes today. The Left hates the state of Israel. The Left doesn’t want immigrants that can be self-supporting as their entire ideology relies on the State providing everything.
The Statue of Liberty was not meant to be a symbol of or for immigration. It was created as a symbol for Republicanism. Not the political party, but the Republican form of government that we have in the United States. By fate, it became as symbol for immigration. But it has never been a symbol of illegal activity.
Immigration is a lawful action of leaving one country to settle in another. The Statue of Liberty welcomes those who arrive by ship into New York Harbor and present themselves at the point of entry for immigration into the United States. It does not welcome those who trespass into the country.
If you truly wish to hold of Emma’s poem as a symbol and policy. Do what Emma did.
Support Israel. Support vocational training for those who immigrate here can obtain good jobs and be self-sufficient without relying on the State. Support those that come here lawfully and opposed unlawful entry into the United States.