The American flag is supposed to fly the highest, a sign of respect often ignored or forgotten in word and in deed. Emma Lazarus' words reached out to those looking for political, economic, and religious freedom. It was a long and expensive trip on a crowded and unsafe ship, followed by a frightening visit to Ellis Island for a medical exam and intelligence test that would determine their future. A quarter of a million immigrants never made it past Ellis Island, deported back to their country of origin. Some were sent home because they were suspected of being unable to support themselves without becoming public charges. It was a privilege to become an American and those that were allowed to stay were excited to become a part of this great country and live the American Dream. Let that flag fly high!
Give me your tired, your poor. We have become the tired and the poor as we are forced to support those who do not belong. American citizens represent many countries, but it seems the melting pot simmers a bit slower these days. We lack patriotism!
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me has become a charity we can no longer afford. Our taxes are high because we are helping everyone but our own.
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Visa overstays,Visa fraud, and slipping illegally across our borders, the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are caught, you are sent back home, not even a slap on the wrist. Start a family and you'll never have to return to your home country. If you manage to evade the border patrol, you are home free to receive public assistance, free education, and free medical. Illelgal aliens have rights and don't pay taxes. You can't get that back at the old casa!
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Our jails are country clubs compared to those back home and our criminal justice system is overwhelmed with wretched refuse.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door. Knock, and wait for an invitation to enter, and pay for your keep. Who tolerates an unwelcome stranger that barges in, robs the pantry, and then demands more? When will our government see the light?