The Statue of Liberty is the beacon of Liberty NOT immigration. The poem referred to by so many people here was part of a contest to raise money for a platform for the statue. It was added many years later. Read the whole poem before you slander your fellow Americans. Also expecting a person applying for citizenship to know the language is the policy of many countries around the world. It is not outlandish to expect someone to assimilate to the country they want to be a part of. It appears that many of the comments on this platform are founded in hate not fact.