Letter: An update to the Statue of Liberty


With apologies to Emma Lazarus, the following updates could be added to her famous poem, which is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired” — (It’s been a long walk from Guatemala and Honduras)

… “Your poor” — (All we have are water bottles)

… “Your huddled masses” — (There’s safety in numbers —7,000 of us at latest count — as we try to avoid human traffickers, drug smugglers, and gang members)

… “Yearning to breathe free” — (Free food, free housing, free health care, free education, free job training)

… “The wretched refuse — (Your words, not mine)

“Of your teeming shore. send these, the homeless” — (Sure, we’ve all got relatives in the U.S. just aching to take us in!)

… “Tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp” — (and the three strands of “border fence”)

… “Beside the golden door!” — (To illegal voting rights!)

Lloyd Harnishfeger, Pandora

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