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CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
I swear to god these people are dumber than average person in dmv line

Cnn Just had Ken cucinelli on. Grilled him on new trump rule that those who would require food stamps can’t apply for permanent legal status


He correctly pointed out that it has been federal law for decades that those who would be a “public charge” can’t become permanent residents. Trump admin simply expanded what that means

A year before the poem was written, the general Immigration Act of 1882 levied a head tax of fifty cents on each immigrant and blocked (or excluded) the entry of idiots, lunatics, convicts, and persons likely to become a public charge.

Cnn needs to stop revising history and ignoring law


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A year before the poem was written, the general Immigration Act of 1882 levied a head tax of fifty cents on each immigrant and blocked (or excluded) the entry of idiots, lunatics, convicts, and persons likely to become a public charge.



They had to be in good health and have $20, which was a lot of $$ in 1882. Rightly, we wanted no part of importing the worlds poor.


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
Wasn’t it Acosta last year trying to quote that poem to Stephen Miller in the White House press room and it went viral?


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
The poem wasn't even associated with the statue until almost 20 years after its dedication. The author of the poem was already dead at that point

That's how important that poem is to US policy


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
Seeing as how the Statue of Liberty was erected prior to the Civil Rights Act being enacted, shouldn't it be taken down, due to it harkening back to the time when blacks didn't have equal rights in America and the unjust treatment of blacks?


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(1882 immigramts) had to be in good health and have $20, which was a lot of $$ in 1882. Rightly, we wanted no part of importing the worlds poor.
Yep, they had to be rolling in dough.
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U.S. Inflation Rate, $1 in 1880 to 2018
In other words, $1 in 1880 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $24.62 in 2018, a difference of $23.62 over 138 years.
So, they had to have about $450.00


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Good point!


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TidenUP
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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
So, you agree they couldn't be broke looking for a govt handout?


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The poem wasn't even associated with the statue until almost 20 years after its dedication. The author of the poem was already dead at that point
Not exactly. the poem was written as part of the drive to raise funds to build the pedestal in the early 1880s, and it was quite successful. The bronze plaque of the poem was not added to the pedestal until some years later.


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AggieHank86
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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
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So, you agree they couldn't be broke looking for a govt handout?
Absolutely. I have said for years that non-citizen immigrants should not be eligible for financial assistance from the federal government. What is your point?


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
The poem is better than the law. We should make the law like the poem.


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
I'm just making sure we're on the same page. Poverty should never be a measure of whether one gets into this country or not.


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
Emma Lazarus the Jewish anarchist added it later. Basically give us the dregs of society, which wasn't the idea of the statue or in any way reflected in our immigration policy or the mores of the time. It's almost like she was anti-American and wanted to inculcate a self-destructive attitude by preying on our conscience and sense of charity


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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
That poem was written by a New York socialist. Should've never been added to the statue.


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The poem is better than the law. We should make the law like the poem.



Move to Europe. I hear it's going great over there.


WorkinDawg
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Yep, they had to be rolling in dough.


You're about half as clever as you think you are. $20 was more than the average monthly US farm wage in 1880. These guys coming in with 1 months average US farm wages?

FWIW today average farm wages are nearly $30K per year.
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RobbBobb
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and it was quite successful

Wut? Why do you just make shi.t up?
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At the dedication ceremony over a year later, “The New Colossus” was not recited. The explicit connection to immigrants, in the minds of the general public, came only later. When she died, it looked like her poem might be little remembered. In its obituary for Lazarus, The New York Times neglected to reference or acknowledge the now-famous sonnet.


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AggieHank86
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re: CNN: poem on Statue of Liberty is more important than federal law
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This poem was written as a donation to an auction of art and literary works conducted by the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty" to raise money for the pedestal's construction. Lazarus's contribution was solicited by fundraiser William Maxwell Evarts. Initially she refused but writer Constance Cary Harrison convinced her that the statue would be of great significance to immigrants sailing into the harbor.

"The New Colossus" was the first entry read at the exhibit's opening on November 2, 1883. It remained associated with the exhibit through a published catalog until the exhibit closed after the pedestal was fully funded in August 1885, but was forgotten and played no role at the opening of the statue in 1886. It was, however, published in Joseph Pulitzer's New York World as well as The New York Times during this time period. In 1901, Lazarus's friend Georgina Schuyler began an effort to memorialize Lazarus and her poem, which succeeded in 1903 when a plaque bearing the text of the poem was put on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Wikipedia, but a good summary


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