The Statue of Liberty, located on Ellis Island, has welcomed thousands of people to the “land of the free, and the home of the brave” as our national anthem states. According to migrationpolicy.org, about thirteen and a half percent of America’s population are immigrant. Although half of the immigrants coming to America do not speak English, they are greeted by Emma Lazarus’ poem, “The New Colossus”. The quote,
“‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore’, she wrote. ‘Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’”.
As a country, we should continue to follow the words inscribed into the base of the Statue of Liberty because it shows how America is a land of hope, our country understands why the newcomers chose to immigrate to the United States of America, and it shows how the citizens grasp the balance of helping the immigrants versus giving them success. To begin, America is known as the land of opportunities and hope. The quote etched into Lady Liberty’s foundation states, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”.
The lamp symbolizes the hope America is for the immigrants looking for a better life. Representing the opportunities the newcomers can utilize to get the better life they dreamed of if the golden door. In an article titled Top 10 Reasons why America is known as the Land of Oppertunities found on top-10-list.org, it states that America has the most valuable brands. A few examples of these companies are Disney, Apple, Amazon, Ford, and McDonalds. These companies provide jobs for citizens and immigrants alike. People with determination work hard wherever they are will especially utilities the opportunities America has to offer. In addition, immigrants often move to America searching for freedoms they did not have in their previous countries. The excerpt expresses, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,”
By writing that the “huddled masses” come to America searching to breathe free means they are looking for a place in which they can live and act freely without punishment from the government or society. Recently in the news, stories