There once was a country so universally admired for its freedom and openness that they were given a gift of a symbolic colossal sculpture. The statue was erected on an island is a busy harbor for all incoming refugees to see.

At the base of the massive structure were two notable items. One, a set of broken shackles, meant to symbolize freedom from oppression and tyranny. The other, a plaque containing a poem entitled The New Colossus. It read: “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!”

130 years after the dedication of this symbol of worldwide hope and freedom, the following headline appeared, marking the end of an era:

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