“Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was conceived as a gift from France originally in tribute to the Civil War built by Frederic Bartholdi based upon the likeness of an ancient Egyptian female fellah or peasant, robed and holding a torch aloft not as a welcome for immigrants. The lines from the Lazarus poem The New Colossus were not added until 1906:
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-lost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Immigration at that time was unlike what is playing out today for the world
has changed and we are no longer under populated in need of the talents of other
nations. The skills and motivations of those coming to America are no longer
centered simply around escaping from oppression which is the universally
accepted recognized international right for immigration. For the majority of
immigrants there is an economic component of just finding work here which may be
at odds with laws and national standard operating procedures.”
The push for immigration reform in the USA is currently a misplaced effort
for the power and vote of Hispanic populations which is thought to mainly favor
the Democratic Party. This effort is also backed by those often with unclean
hands including businesses which hope to exploit cheap labor below the minimum
wage that these populations may present to the USA economy. Lastly, there is a
desire by many religions to allow such from this population known for their
religious devotion, especially to the Catholic church.
Contrary to myths or the erroneous concept that we can’t deport those in this
nation illegally, this nation has been involved in the deportation of many
illegal immigrants when it was felt the economic security of the nation was at
Approximately 900 Jews on the SS St. Louis who had been turned away from Cuba
in 1939 were refused entry into the USA by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He did, as is present policy with Haitians, not allow them to land in the US and
sent the Coast Guard to insure that no one jumped overboard or tried to swim
ashore. Jews sent back to Europe witnessed the extermination of many in
concentration camps for there was no Israel to give them refuge no matter their
age, illnesses, incapacitation or poverty.
Herbert Hoover in the grips of a tanking Depression Era economy which left
many American citizens jobless ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens to
free up these jobs for US citizens.
Post WWII Harry Truman likewise deported over two million illegal aliens to
create job opportunities for returning veterans. During the 1954 Operation
Wetback program, Dwight D. Eisenhower deported over two years, 13 million
Mexicans to enable WWII and Korean veterans a chance to find meaningful
Dr. Ada Fisher