The ignorance of the nay comments are beyond. I am not an immigrant. I was born here and I am American. The word ILLEGAL is ignored by the nay voters. People can still immigrate here as long as they do it the right way like our great grandparents and beyond did. We should not encourage illegal residents. They aren't seeking citizenship for a reason. Just FYI to you people void of history. Stop abusing the Statue of Liberty to fit your narrative. It was orginally gifted from France as a symbol of friendship and freedoms. Not as a beacon of immigration. The "give me your poor" words were not added until later when money was needed to finish it and a contest was held to raise money to do so. She stands for freedom the original purpose has nothing to do with immigration.