The poem inscribed on a plaque in the Statue of Liberty continues to come up in discussions on the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
The poem, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, was written in tribute to refugees and immigrants.
Lazarus, a New Yorker of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish descent, was asked to write the poem to raise money for the statue’s pedestal. She drew inspiration from the work she did as an aide for refugees on Ward’s Island.
Though the Statue of Liberty was originally meant to be a symbol that celebrated the abolition of slavery, but its close proximity to Ellis Island and Lazarus’ poem saw it morph into a symbol of America’s immigrant tradition.
The poem was written in 1883. This was around the same time the US government passed blatantly xenophobic laws, including the Chinese Exclusion Act.
The Statue of Liberty is among the most recognizable landmarks in the US and has long been viewed as a symbol of the country’s immigrant tradition.
But the statue has become a divisive topic in the Trump era, frequently coming up in discussions on the administration’s controversial immigration policies.
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