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In pictures: Lady Liberty as a symbol of immigration to the US

Updated : 2019-08-15 08:45:44

The Statue of Liberty is at the centre of a national debate on immigration after a top Trump administration official offered the president’s own interpretation of the famous inscription that has welcomed immigrants to the United States for more than a century.

The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor as the ocean liner Queen Mary goes past as seen from a US Coast Guard helicopter. (AP Photo/File)
The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor as the ocean liner Queen Mary goes past as seen from a US Coast Guard helicopter. (AP Photo/File)
The Statue of Liberty is at the centre of a national debate on immigration after a top Trump administration official offered the president's own interpretation of the famous inscription that has welcomed immigrants to the United States for more than a century. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
The Statue of Liberty is at the centre of a national debate on immigration after a top Trump administration official offered the president's own interpretation of the famous inscription that has welcomed immigrants to the United States for more than a century. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, who is an immigration hardliner, said Tuesday that the poem by Emma Lazarus referred to
The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, who is an immigration hardliner, said Tuesday that the poem by Emma Lazarus referred to "people coming from Europe" and that America is looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet." (AP Photo/Adam Nadel, File)
Lazarus' poem, written in 1883 to raise money to construct the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, was cast in bronze beneath the monument in 1903. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Lazarus' poem, written in 1883 to raise money to construct the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, was cast in bronze beneath the monument in 1903. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
The statue and the poem's words have served as a beacon to millions of immigrants as they first entered the nation in New York Harbor. It reads:
The statue and the poem's words have served as a beacon to millions of immigrants as they first entered the nation in New York Harbor. It reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore."(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Cuccinelli's comments came as Democrats and immigrant-rights groups blasted a new Trump administration policy that could deny green cards to migrants who seek public assistance, saying the changes would scare immigrants away from asking for needed help. (AP Photo/File)
Cuccinelli's comments came as Democrats and immigrant-rights groups blasted a new Trump administration policy that could deny green cards to migrants who seek public assistance, saying the changes would scare immigrants away from asking for needed help. (AP Photo/File)
President Donald Trump has spoken disparagingly about immigration from majority black and Hispanic countries, including calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals when he launched his 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Mario Cabrera, File)
President Donald Trump has spoken disparagingly about immigration from majority black and Hispanic countries, including calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals when he launched his 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Mario Cabrera, File)
Last year, Trump privately referred to Central American and African nations as
Last year, Trump privately referred to Central American and African nations as "shithole" countries and suggested the US take in more immigrants from European countries such as predominantly white Norway. (AP Photo/File)
The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
The Statue of Liberty stands at sunset in New York.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
The Statue of Liberty stands at sunset in New York.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
The Statue of Liberty during a visit by then-President Barack Obama, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
The Statue of Liberty during a visit by then-President Barack Obama, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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