Madeleine Albright referred to as Ken Cuccinelli’s reinterpretation of the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed on a plaque hooked up to the Statue of Liberty “one of the most un-American things I have ever heard.”
“I think the Statue of Liberty is weeping,” the previous secretary of state instructed CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday. She wore a pin of Girl Liberty for the interview.
Cuccinelli, the performing head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies, drew widespread ire on Tuesday after he defended the Trump administration’s new rule that stops authorized immigrants who obtain authorities advantages from turning into everlasting residents by suggesting the poem “The New Colossus” ought to now learn: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge.”
Albright, who sailed into New York harbor as a younger immigrant, recalled to Cooper how she’d been a refugee twice.
“Once from the Nazis and we were in England, and then we came to the United States when the Communists took over in Czechoslovakia,” she mentioned.
And it was one key distinction in attitudes within the two international locations that led her father to settle the household within the U.S.:
“My father used to say that when we were in England, people would say, ‘We’re so sorry your country has been taken over by a terrible dictator, you’re welcome here and when are you going home?’ And when we came to the United States, people said, ‘We’re so sorry, you’re country’s been taken over by a terrible system, you’re welcome here and when will you become a citizen?’ And my father said, ‘That’s what made America a different country.’ And now we are forgetting that great history of our country.”
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