She Was Never About Those Huddled Masses

Emma Lazarus’s famous poem, The New Collossus, written on  the plaque on the Statue of Liberty is thought to capture the essence of what it means to be an immigrant by many Americans.

Roberto Suro, professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, in his guest editorial in Sunday’s Washington Post, suggests that this overly romanticized poem has nothing to do with our immigration policies, past or present,  or the founding of this nation and that we need to scrap the poem.

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