Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
In 1886, The Statue of Liberty Monument was a given to the United States from France to celebrate the friendship the two endured during the American Revolution. The Statue of Liberty has over the years has symbolized the freedom and the democracy of the United States.
It is just over 305 feet tall from the ground to the top of the torch flame. The crown has 25 windows and seven spikes.
The seven spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world, according to the Web sites of the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty Club.
President Donald Trump’s unfathomable rise to the power is changing the course of history and its values to the brink of isolation from not only those traditional allies, but the rest of the world.
After shaking hands with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, Trump loudly expressed his spirits during a talk with his only favorite Fox TV. “When he (Kim) speaks, his people sit back and give attention to him; I want my people to do the same.”
In the home front, Trump and his Cabinet are refusing to publicly back down from their intensely controversial practice of separating migrant families at the border, despite pressure from fellow Republicans to ease up on what critics are calling a heartless policy.
“It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime,” Trump tweeted on Monday, continuing to blame Democrats for his own administration’s policies. “Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!”
Trump again doubled down at the criticism during a space policy event at the White House later on Monday, saying the family separations are “so sad” and then falsely stating that “we’re stuck with these horrible laws.”
“If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly. Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, on separate occasion, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen fiercely defended the child separation policy on Monday while delivering speeches at the National Sheriffs' Association Annual Conference in New Orleans.
"We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are, in fact, a family. We have to do our job. We will not apologize for doing our job," Nielsen said. "We have sworn to do this job. This administration has a simple message. If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you."
The defiant posture comes amid a torrent of criticism as stories and images have emerged of young children being ripped from their immigrant parents’ arms and put in detention facilities similar to prisons.
Over the weekend, a growing number of Republicans — including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona — put pressure on the administration to address the furor, while Melania Trump’s office even put out a rare statement saying the first lady “hates to see children separated from their families” and hopes both parties can reach a solution.
But Trump and his allies have falsely stated that their hands are tied. They’ve argued that Democrats are to blame for the much-criticized practice and that the administration is only enforcing laws that are already in place.
Neither argument has stood up to scrutiny. The separation policy was orchestrated not by Democrats, the minority party on both sides of Capitol Hill, but by the Trump administration, which sent a directive ramping up the practice and could send another ending it.
And while the White House has claimed that the law mandates that it separate families who cross the border illegally, no such law exists. It is the administration’s new “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting all illegal border-crossers as criminals that has prompted the separations. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
No matter how Trump chastise his Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his recusal to Russia scandal probe, Trump and Sessions are in good partnership for immigration overhaul endeavor.
A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday found that 66 percent of American voters oppose the practice of separating children from parents who illegally cross the border, but the results were highly partisan. While 91 percent of Democrats oppose the policy, only 35 percent of Republicans do.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released what she said were new statistics from the Department of Homeland Security showing that 2,342 children were taken from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9.
"The pace of separations has increased — from nearly 50 to nearly 70 per day — despite widespread opposition throughout America," Feinstein said in a statement. "The White House appears deaf to the wellspring of opposition and deep concern about the welfare of children."
Trump doesn’t see that way. In his tweets from earlier in the day, Trump accused Democrats of holding up immigration reform legislation in Congress to the benefit of gang members and drug cartels. Citing an example of Germany, He also falsely warned that “crime in Germany is way up.”
The crime rate there is at its lowest point since 1992.
“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!” Trump twitted, adding that, “we don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!”
He didn’t stop there, during the White House event he said again, “The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said in apparently impromptu remarks. “It won’t be. You look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States.”
The president’s focus on immigration came as lawmakers from both parties are heaping criticism onto his administration over the separation policy.
Lawmakers and reporters were allowed over the weekend to tour facilities in Texas where children are held in fenced-in cages with green mats and foil blankets, stark images that quickly circulated and prompted an outcry from opponents of the separation policy.
After meeting Kim Jong Un, Trump is unwaveringly trying to turn the US into another Hermit Kingdom. Trump should better know, he is not a king and US cannot stand alone. 2020 could be a long and “neverfound” road for this President.