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The Story Behind the Poem on the Statue of Liberty
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The Story Behind the Poem on the Statue of Liberty

The words of Emma Lazarus’s famous 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus” have seemed more visible since Donald Trump’s election. They can be found on the news and on posters, in tweets and in the streets. Lines 10 and 11 of the poem are quoted with the most frequency—“Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”—and often by those aiming to highlight a contrast between Lazarus’s humanitarian vision of the nation and the president’s racist rhetoric. Continue reading

Fans of Trump’s views on immigration should remember how figures like him targeted their ancestors
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Fans of Trump’s views on immigration should remember how figures like him targeted their ancestors

President Trump’s recent remark branding Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries” has provoked reaction from people across the political spectrum. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called the president’s comment “very unfortunate, unhelpful.” Invoking his Irish roots, Ryan went on to add that “the Irish were really looked down upon back in those days.” Continue reading