“Give me your wealthy, your rich, your huddled MBAs yearning to be tax free…”

Watch: Stephen Colbert rewrites the Statue of Liberty poem in tune with Trump’s immigration policyScroll.in – 8/8/17

“The poem on the Statue of Liberty needs an update, Colbert said, keeping in mind the Trump administration and its new take on immigration. ‘Give me your wealthy, your rich, your huddled MBAs yearning to be tax free. Send these – the English-speaking, fully insured – to me,’ he recited on the show. ‘I lift my lamp beside the golden door and lift my leg upon your filthy poor. PS: No fatties, please.’”

and see

The Poem on the Statue of Liberty Was ‘Added Later’ But There’s More to That Story – Olivia B. Waxman – Time – 8/2/17

“Originally, the meaning of the monument had more to do with the abolition of slavery than with immigration…..But, while the statue herself would be a gift, it would be up to Americans to raise money to construct the monument’s base….It was as a result of the need to fund the pedestal that Emma Lazarus was tapped to write the famous sonnet ‘The New Colossus’ for a Statue of Liberty fundraiser in 1883. Inspired by her work with Russian Jews detained by immigration officials on Ward Island, she included a new facet of liberty in her interpretation of what the statue could mean….”

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