As does Richard Baer in his letter to the Editor, I like Emma Lazarus' poem, "The Golden Door". But we must remember - poets are idealists, and that poem was written in a different time, a different age in fact. And what Emma was talking about, of course, was legal immigration from around the world - people coming to a land that needed immigrants to add a spark to the economy of a new and developing country. Let us not confuse Emma's intent with the dilemma that today faces the US on our Southern Border, where greed, power mongering and corrupt politics have contributed to poverty and economic stagnation, while at the same time the Catholic Church puts the kybosh on birth control and planned parenthood, resulting in overpopulation. Let us further not view Emma's epic poem as a government regulation, notwithstanding that it appears on a government-owned monument. The last time I looked at the INA and 8 CFR, I found no mention of any law or regulation granting the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free visas to enter the US, much less, "the wretched refuse of your teaming shore.", in fact, quite to the contrary. And remember further, that when the tired, poor, huddled masses arrived at Ellis Island, Dr. Baer's relatives among them, they immigrated legally and learned English. And that's the way it should be.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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