Let me be clear. I believe that legal immigration can be a very positive thing and helped to create a very diverse and strong country.
I also think it is silly to put a whole lot of weight on the Statue of Liberty and what it may mean or stand for. It was a gift from France that we excepted graciously. The words on the statue were provided by an American, but were commissioned and paid for.
The statue is not our creed, but one that was given to us. In fact I am ready to say “Clean up the the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” Then rebuild your country. I’ve been pushed too hard.