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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” You all know where that sentiment is inscribed. But today, Emma Lazarus’ words echo as a lament for a lost time.

The atrocity just across New York’s harbor from the Statue of Liberty on September 11th ushered in a new era in immigration policy. Particularly for those who got here by “ingenuity” rather than with a green card. Register your presence and get amnesty, said the Clinton administration to illegal immigrants. Thanks for letting us know where you are, you are being deported says the post 9/11 Bush administration. Caught in the middle are people from the Middle East — around 13,000 of them waiting for deportation hearings.


Mark Krikorian , executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies

Kamal Nawash, immigration lawyer.