How to Tell a Poem from a Federal Immigration Law

The globalist position on immigration is: wide open borders, especially for rich, western nations. If you talk to someone who has been indoctrinated by globalist thinking they will tell you that western nations owe it to take in, and provide cradle-to-grave support for, every person from every poor country in the world.  

The main problem is that western nations have fewer than a billion productive people collectively, and many of them are already struggling or living paycheck to paycheck. Now add to the burden of the western people several billion people from third world conditions, many of whom:

  • are sick
  • are illiterate in their own language
  • have no job skills
  • as long as they can get paid for not working, will never make any effort to work, even if they were employable

The math simply does not work. Even if it wasn’t absurd and immoral to tell westerners who are barely getting by that they must take care of whole nations of others, the math does not, will not, and cannot work.

Here is a FANTASTIC explanation in visual terms. Please, if you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor and take the few minutes to watch it.

The Gumball Immigration Metaphor

Now, armed with the knowledge that the math doesn’t work, you may be audacious or selfish enough to think open borders are unsustainable. If you dare express this thought, you will hear these two gems in response:

1. “We are a nation of immigrants!” – I will cover this in a separate post.

2. The “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” speech

There is a plaque at the Statue of Liberty, with a poem from Emma Lazarus. This poem includes the famous lines:

"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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

At least one or two lines from this poem have been worked into many movies, tv shows, literature, and pop-culture at large for many decades. People often say it, not knowing exactly where it came from or what it means. Many also hear it without knowing where it came from or what it means.

The problem is that globalist thinkers believe that these lines are irrefutable evidence that open borders are not just moral, but were the intent of the founding fathers.

Here are the many problems with that argument:

  • The Statue of Liberty did not come to America until 1885. Immigration laws of the US had already been built up through many iterations since 1790, almost a century earlier.
  • The Statue of Liberty was originally intended as a lighthouse for the Suez Canal in Egypt, but there were funding complications, so it came to the US as an afterthought. The design and the intent of the statue had nothing to do with immigration.
  • The “tired, poor…huddled masses” plaque wasn’t put into place until 1903.
  • The US has immigration laws, and the US also has asylum laws. These laws were made by Congress. Congress makes laws. The Statue of Liberty is neither a law nor a policy. It’s a statue.
  • A plaque put on a statue many years after it was erected is neither a law nor a policy. It is a plaque that was attached after the fact, with very little authority or approval involved. It carries no legal weight, was not passed by Congress, and does not reflect the will of the people at large, as through a vote.
  • If a person follows the immigration laws written by Congress, they are immigrants. If a person follows the asylum laws written by Congress, they are asylees, asylum-seekers, or refugees. If they don’t follow these laws, they are illegal aliens.
  • The poem was written by Emma Lazarus, a Jewish activist, whose socialist views and her wealthy, privately-educated upbringing would earn her the term “champagne socialist” if she were alive today. However, rich socialists back then didn’t care about the impact of immigration for two reasons:
    • The poem and statue both predate the income tax (1913) by decades, which is what pays for immigrants and social services today. She paid no income tax, so did not care.
    • The poem and statue both predated the welfare state (1930s) by even more. There was no welfare to pay for, so again, she did not care.

In short, a poem is not an immigration law.

A line from a poem does not affect immigration law.

Poems from rich socialists who never paid taxes may be flowery, and they may still appeal to liberals today, but they are not laws.

To change a law, it must pass Congress and be signed by the President. “Open borders” is a liberal issue. The last time liberals had both houses of Congress and a President in office was 2009. They actually could have legally and rightfully changed immigration law to anything they wanted then. But they didn’t. They passed Obamacare and corporate bailouts instead. This says immigration wasn’t their top priority.

That is the big takeaway for this topic.

Immigration outrage is NOT about actually helping people.

It is NOT about compassion.

It masquerades as those two things, but the globalist agenda wants to use the poor for cheap labor in some cases, and to destabilize rich nations in others.

I like to close these posts with the compassionate angle.

Real Compassion

The real compassionate answer is to help these people where they are.

If globalists had true compassion, this is what they would do. However, there are many agendas and benefits to globalists for moving these people around the globe. These include drug trafficking, sex trafficking, weapons trafficking, destabilization, cheap labor, cultural attacks, and population replacement.

If you care about the poor of the world, let’s get behind taking a small fraction of the $100B+ we spend on immigrants each year in the US and rebuild infrastructure and train poor people where they live. It would actually do more good and it would save the US a lot of money.

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