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Statue of Liberty
The statue of Liberty Enlightening The World
A few good links here are...
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By National Park Service
By Endex www.endex.com/gf/buildings/liberty/liberty.html - gone again
By Michael Holmboe - http://home.online.no/~kanda/statue.htm - Welcome Back!
By New York City tourist company
www.StatueofLiberty.info - the hosting appears to be there, but there are "errors" when the site tries to display.
New York Pass
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A country that prides itself on FREEDOM even to the extent of having a great statue symbolising it there for all to see and be inspired by, puts to shame regimes that do not regard personal liberty as so important.
Also, the inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads...
"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."
...which is an open policy that's remarkable!
Photo available as Creative Commons as per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Statue_of_Liberty,_NY.jpg by this licence
That would certainly be as you say if it were not a complete fiction. How "having" a statue demonstrates our commitment to freedom is questionable, at best, when you consider the following: The statue was a gift from France, a nation widely excoriated in the States after they (along with most of the rest of the world) failed to knuckle under to US demands that it be authorized to invade Iraq for reasons that are not now and were not then clear to anyone. The statue was a gift: The US did not ask for it or design it. If the statue demonstrates any nation's commitment to liberty, it would be that of France, not the US.
Secondly, the inscription, which you call a "remarkable [sic] open policy" would indeed be, if it were US policy. It ain't. Not by a long shot. In recent years, what used to be called the Imigration and Naturalization Service has been reorganized. It is now U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What used to be a bureau for immigration to the US is now the law enforcement agency designed to keep people out. In addition, several immigration bills currently under consideration in Congress would pour billions into sealing our borders, particularly the border with Mexico. It could not be clearer that the U.S. does not want anyone's "huddled masses," "wretched refuse," "homeless," or "tempest-tossed," no matter what they yearn for.
The Statue of Liberty is an anachronism in America today. We remain by far the world's most prosperous nation and, for a few more years, probably, the freeest nation. The cry of the French Revolution, "Liberté, égalité, fraternité," however, is now only history in the U.S., it is no longer official policy. Just as it took the populace of western nations to understand that we should not support repressive dictators throughout the Third World, you might want to take a look at what is going on in real US policy, law, and real American popular sentiment, lest you make the mistake of celebrating a repressive dictatorship in the New World.
Best from the former colonies,
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Subject: The Statue of Liberty
I found that the comment you posted about the statue was more than just a little inflammatory towards the immigration policies of the United States, the writer obviously had an agenda to air, and chose to do so on your site. The poster states that the immigration policy of the US is no longer "open" nor is it welcome. Quite to the contrary, as of 2000, the United States acceptance of immigrants was the highest its been since the 1920's, with 11.1% of the people in the United States being foreign born (Population Process, 2005). The renaming of the Immigration and Naturalization Service was not done out of a need to "enforce" as the writer states, but as part of the attempt to consolidate agencies whose duties overlapped. Semantics aside, the job that is being done is the same as it was when it was solely under INS, with less paperwork involved and less over lapping of duties.
The writer also speaks of the "real US sentiment" toward policy, but if the writer had done their research, they would find that overwhelmingly, the populace of the United States consistently votes in favor of harsher laws against illegal immigration such as what the writer was attempting to justify in their post to you. In no way does the population of the US or its policies seek to keep the legal process of US citizenship from those who seek it.
I feel that the writers attempt at degrading your site and the idea behind the sonnet that those words were taken from is a poor attempt at forwarding a personal agenda that in no way reflects the real ideas and policies of the United States. Foreign-born citizens remain a strong link in the chain that makes the United States the great nation that it is to this day, in spite of the attempts of the elected officials and the mentioned writers tirade to destroy it.
Thank you for your time.
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The height of the Statue of Liberty is said to be 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters), or "Ground to torch: 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters)", which would in theory suggest the base to be 154 feet high, although Wikipedia states the base is 89 feet high.
Miniature replicas of the Statue of Liberty are available from Grand Slam New York in sizes ranging from 4˝ inches high to 10 foot high.
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