Compassion Sold Here

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Harper Thorpe
Jan 30, 2020 · 2 min read
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The 1903 bronze plaque located in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. (Image Credit)

Give me your healthy, your educated,
Your English-speaking families
With money and good credit scores.

Send the homeless, asylum-seekers elsewhere,
To a country with compassion — but not here!

©2020 HHThorpe. All rights reserved.

On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court decided, voting 5–4 along ideological lines, to allow President Trump’s immigrant wealth test to start — thus changing the American values expressed in Emma Lazarus’ poem inscribed on the bronze plaque located in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

Emma Lazarus, November 2, 1883

“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!”

Department of Homeland Security officials can now consider a list of factors, including age, health, education, English-language proficiency, family size, wealth, and credit scores to determine whether a human being is eligible for a green card — which is necessary to get on the path to U.S. citizenship — effectively blocking immigrants who live in poverty from having a chance at naturalization.

If you are interested, you can read more about the Trump rule here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-27/trump-s-immigrant-wealth-test-cleared-to-start-by-supreme-court

Inspired by world events and Robert Faron’s poem and prompt, “Compassion”. Thanks also to our hosts, Kathy Jacobs and me 😀, and the reset of the talented Chalkboard team!

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Harper Thorpe

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Engaged citizen, poet, musician, humorist, family man. I value irreverence, soulfulness, and a big heart. Offering insight, introspection, shock & aw shucks!

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