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History Facts: True Story about Statue of Liberty and Immigration

History Facts: 

True Story about Statue of Liberty and Immigration

Rush Limbaugh

 

Statue of Liberty not about immigration

RUSH: Here’s Jim Acosta at CNN. By the way, Jim Acosta, after having been humiliated by Stephen Miller, after having been exposed as an idiot, as an uneducated, maleducated putz, has continued to tweet the last 24 hours total error-filled disinformation about the Statue of Liberty and how Trump’s immigration policy is basically an attack on the Statue of Liberty.

RUSH ARCHIVE: The Emma Lazarus poem, “Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry, huddled masses,” blah, blah, blah, does not and never has appeared on the Statue of Liberty. It was a poem written in a contest to raise money to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. It was not even put on display inside the exhibit, inside the pedestal until years later. “The New Colossus” is the title of it. It was written in 1883. In 1903, 20 years later, it was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. You don’t go to the Statue of Liberty, wander around outside and see “The New Colossus” as part of the design on the outside of the Statue of Liberty.

Liberal Lies, Distortion of History

The Statue of Liberty was never meant to be a symbol of immigration.

NOT!

It was meant to be a symbol of liberty and freedom. The Statue of Liberty as designed and constructed had nothing to do with what Emma Lazarus wrote, and it’s another distortion of the left to suggest that this country was founded for the express purpose of taking anybody, anywhere, any planet, any country, who wanted to come into the country, under the guise that they were poor, they were huddled, they were hungry, they were thirsty.

It was not about immigration at all. It was about liberty. We don’t call it the Statue of Immigration. We call it the Statue of Liberty. It was dedicated October 28th, 1886. It is a monument commemorating the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Nothing to do with immigration. It commemorated the Declaration of Independence. The French did it. So profound did everyone in the world think the Declaration was, and in fact Abraham Lincoln often gave it more weight than the Constitution itself in terms of its deep meaning. Lady Liberty is stepping forward. She is meant to be carrying the torch of liberty from the United States to the rest of the world. The torch is not to light the way to the United States. It is to light the way to liberty to the rest of the world. Lady Liberty is carrying the light of liberty to the rest of the world. It is not a beacon for immigrants to get to this country because they’re tired, they’re poor, they’re huddled, hungry, or thirsty

Here’s Jim Acosta at CNN. By the way, Jim Acosta, after having been humiliated by Stephen Miller, after having been exposed as an idiot, as an uneducated, maleducated putz, has continued to tweet the last 24 hours total error-filled disinformation about the Statue of Liberty and how Trump’s immigration policy is basically an attack on the Statue of Liberty.

ACOSTA: What the President’s proposing here does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration. The Statue of Liberty says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer. Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country, if — if you’re telling them, “You have to speak English”? Can’t people learn how to speak English when they get here?

MILLER: Right now it’s a requirement that to be naturalized, you have to speak English. So the notion that speaking English wouldn’t be a part of immigration systems would be, actually, very ahistorical. Secondly, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty enlightening the world. It’s a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty. But more fundamentally…

ACOSTA: Stephen, I’m sorry…

MILLER: No, here, here…

ACOSTA: …that sounds like, that sounds like…

MILLER: Jim, let me ask you a question.

ACOSTA: …that sounds like some national park revisionism.

MILLER: No. What I’m asking you is… (laughter)

ACOSTA: The Statue, the Statue of Liberty…

MILLER: Jim.

ACOSTA: …has always been…

MILLER: Jim, let me ask you a question.

MILLER: I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It’s absolutely… It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree that in your mind. This is an amazing moment. This is an amazing moment. That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.

MILLER: In 1970 when we let in 300,000 a year, was that violating or not violating the Statue of Liberty law of the land?

ACOSTA: (silence)

MILLER: In the 1990s, when it was half a million a year, was it violating or not violating the Statue of Liberty law of the land?

ACOSTA: (confused pause) Was it violating —

MILLER: When it was 700,000 a year…?

MILLER: No, tell me what years. Tell me what years Jim Acosta’s definition of the Statue of Liberty poem law of the land? So you’re saying a million a year is the Statue of Liberty number; 900,000 violates it; 800,000 violates it? MILLER: But you’re also… Your statement’s also shockingly ahistorical in another respect, too, which, if you look at the history of immigration, it’s actually ebbed and flowed. We’ve had periods of very large waves followed by periods of less immigration and more immigration.

ACOSTA: Was it violating the Statue of Liberty — not been what — what the United States has been about, Stephen. That’s just the basics.

MILLER: Jim, that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you ever said.

The True History of the Statue of Liberty

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