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A plaque at the base of 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-tost, to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

This spirit of unquestioning hospitality—and the promise of freedom and prosperity—have for many years characterized the United States as the ultimate place of refuge for oppressed masses throughout the ...

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