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OpinionThe Tired and Poor Who Make America Great

06:15  18 august  2019
06:15  18 august  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem

Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem "Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge," he said.

"The New Colossus" is a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–1887). Initially she refused but writer Constance Cary Harrison convinced her that the statue would be of great significance to immigrants sailing into the harbor.[5].

Philippians 2:6 Who , existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped Revelation 2:9 I know your affliction and your poverty--though you are rich! And I am aware of the slander of those who falsely claim to be Jews, but are in fact a synagogue of Satan.

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America is on the verge of grand human re-sorting. On Monday, the Trump administration announced new immigration rules that favor younger, healthier and wealthier newcomers, and make it easier to deny permanent residency to those relying on public assistance programs like Medicaid, or those who don’t show enough funds on their visa applications.

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Trump wants to make immigration white again

Trump wants to make immigration white again On Monday, Emma Lazarus wept. Lazarus, of course, was the poet who celebrated that the United States welcomes the tired, the poor, the huddled masses of other lands. But on Monday, the Trump administration unveiled a new immigration policy that upends that tradition. The poor are no longer welcome. Instead, the immigrants with the best chances at getting past the gatekeepers and settling in America going forward will be rich, credentialed, and white.

In America today, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer . Yes, those that work really hard and produce something of great value for society should be greatly rewarded. The way that our system should work is that it should empower individuals and small businesses to come up with

Americans HATED the Irish, and yet we all act Irish on the feast of Saint Pádraig (Saint Patrick's Day). People blamed the Irish for various problems, coining the ironic term Emma Lazarus once wrote in her most famous poem. “Give me your tired , your poor , Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

When asked about the apparent contradiction between the new rules and the famous poem inviting the world’s “tired and poor” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, suggested an interpretation that adds “standing on their own two feet” as new eligibility criteria. He then reassured the public that no revisions to the actual statue would be made. Mr. Cuccinelli’s commitment to preserving historical monuments is heartening, but it’s a bit like keeping a can from Coca-Cola, America’s other global icon, and filling it with vinegar. America is not America if a person with the proverbial $200 in his pocket is not allowed here.

When I immigrated to the “land of the free” from Russia in my early 20s, I didn’t have to rely on public assistance. But I have seen enough immigrants who did — some because they came old and sick; others because they were struck by misfortune. Neither category wanted to become “a public charge,” the term referring to individuals likely to become dependent on the government. Those who are forced to leave their home countries don’t do so because they want to freeload. But life happens, just as it does to those with American passports.

Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem refers to Europeans

Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem refers to Europeans The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services says the inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about "people coming from Europe." Ken Cuccinelli (koo-chih-NEHL'-ee) said Tuesday on CNN that the poem referred to Europeans coming from "class-based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren't in the right class." 

'Give Me Your Tired , Your Poor ': The Story Behind the Statue of Liberty’s Famous Immigration “Emma Lazarus was the first American to make any sense of this statue,” Esther Schor, who wrote “Wherever there is humanity, there is the theme for a great poem,” she once said, according to the

THE tired , poor , huddled masses who arrive on America 's shores yearning to breathe free actually bring talent, youth and global connections. America is built on immigration. Yet the country’s immigration system is a mess. Instead of fixing it, Congress seems poised to make things worse.

Take my father-in-law. A successful Soviet-era journalist, he applied for an exit visa in 1979 with a plan to work for the radio station Voice of America. By the time he was finally allowed to leave in 1987, he had survived a massive heart attack. He suffered another one en route to Boston, then seven more, plus two strokes; Medicaid paid for his treatment. My father-in-law never adjusted to living in a tiny studio in a subsidized house, and to doing so on $600 a month. But he lived, having defied the odds assigned to him by the doctors in his own country.

The father of my childhood friend had a different path into the bleak territory of public assistance. After receiving death threats from the local mafia, he and his wife were forced to abandon their thriving business in Russia and seek refuge with their daughter, married to a Texan. My friend’s father was fiercely determined to never “get on the government’s neck.” An executive and entrepreneur for most of his life, he took a job stocking shelves in a suburban wine store and was able to get back on his feet, moving himself and his wife to a place of their own. Sadly, his first mortgage bill came alongside a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis. The wine store provided no health insurance, but he qualified for Medicaid. He continued to work while he could stand, using what was left of his disability checks toward his mortgage. The rest of his expenses were paid by his daughters, including those related to his funeral.

'Give me your tired, your poor': The story behind the poem on the Statue of Liberty

'Give me your tired, your poor': The story behind the poem on the Statue of Liberty Historians tell ABC News the location of the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor and the poem affixed to its pedestal transformed it into a symbol of immigration.

"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!"

A church that is poor is humble before the poor and suffering, and so imitates Christ, who in his mercy opens himself to love and be loved even by sinners. The Catholic Church, it bears repeating, is just such a church. Pope Francis’ wish is that it become ever more so, which is a great challenge to all of

The Trump administration’s new immigration rules make these situations, with a basic guarantee of life and dignity for all, much harder to achieve. They continue with the politics of division — into “beautiful places” like Mar-a-Lago and “rat holes” like Baltimore, “good countries” and “shithole countries,” those who can “stand on their own two feet” and those who can’t. The moral damage that comes with this type of leadership is obviously not a concern for this president, or for those who support him.

They should be concerned, however, with what’s to come next: Any society that starts down the path of marginalizing certain groups will eventually need new targets. For decades, Republicans have been trying to get rid of the threadbare “safety net” under the pretext of self-reliance. With these new rules, passed without congressional approval, they moved closer. Once the concept of “standing on one’s own two feet” as a prerogative of good citizenship takes hold, it can be scaled — to the refugees, currently exempt from the rules, to naturalized citizens and even to those born American. People cheering for the Trump administration’s sorting policies today might need to reach out for help tomorrow — and get a sermon on self-sufficiency.

‘Clearly, he did not take part in our curriculum’: Historians bash Ken Cuccinelli’s revised Statue of Liberty poem

‘Clearly, he did not take part in our curriculum’: Historians bash Ken Cuccinelli’s revised Statue of Liberty poem “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,” Cuccinelli said Tuesday.

Make no mistake here my beloved friend! If you do not attend the Members Bible Studies in the Capitol, or go to Church when you are home, is it Likened to Israel’s basic problem of spiritual apathy is America ’s. In resettling their homeland Israel wanted to rebuild the temple, but most everyone was

For poor Americans , the place they call home can be a matter of life or death. The poor in some cities — big ones like New York and Los Angeles, and also quite One conclusion from this work, published on Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is that the gap in life spans between

The America that harbors the world’s “tired and poor” is obviously not the America that President Trump and his ilk want. Mr. Cuccinelli went as far as suggesting the plaque with the iconic poem had been affixed in an attempt to justify the first “public charge.” But whatever they say, the principle inscribed in bronze on America’s most enduring symbol, and in our hearts, is the law of the land. As long as the Statue of Liberty stands, it renders Donald Trump an impostor, while those who come to build this country with their hard labor are its true citizens.

Anastasia Edel (@aedelwriter) is the author of “Russia: Putin’s Playground: Empire, Revolution, and the New Tsar.”

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