The first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress clapped back at a top White House aide’s defense of legislation aimed at curbing legal immigration on Wednesday. Stephen Miller, a policy aide to President Trump, was responding to a CNN reporter quoting lines about “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” from the poem “The New Colossus,” which is found on the Statue of Liberty.
“I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty lighting the world, it’s a symbol of liberty lighting the world. The poem you are referring to, which was added later, is not part of the original Statue of Liberty,” Miller said. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) tweeted a photo of the Statue of Liberty, along with the slogan “nevertheless she persisted.”
Nevertheless she persisted. pic.twitter.com/Ln6AGj5Kzq
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) August 2, 2017