Florida Lawmaker Calls for Removal of Statue of Liberty During Immigration Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC – In a recent hearing on immigration, a Florida lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives made a controversial call to remove the Statue of Liberty. The hearing, titled “The Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Policymaking Efforts to Undermine U.S. Immigration Law,” focused on H.R. 2, also known as the “Secure the Border Act.”
H.R. 2, which passed through the House in May, aims to resume the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border and implement other reforms to address the surging number of border crossings. However, Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., the youngest member of Congress, strongly criticized the bill during the hearing, labeling it as “bigoted.”
During his passionate speech, Rep. Frost invoked Irving Berlin’s poem “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” which is displayed at the Statue of Liberty, accusing supporters of H.R. 2 of hypocrisy. To emphasize his point, he presented a draft bill that he had prepared, proposing the removal of the Statue of Liberty.
“Frost said, “Don’t welcome immigrants if you plan to reject them,” Frost said. “If you keep pushing your bigoted H.R. 2 bill, then also pass this bill. I’ve taken the liberty of drafting it for you. It removes the Statue of Liberty, our largest symbol that tells people to come here.”
In response to Rep. Frost’s remarks, Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., highlighted the dangers faced by migrants attempting to cross the U.S. border. He referred to U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell’s criticism of the Biden administration’s policy to release asylum seekers into the U.S. before their immigration court cases are completed.
According to Rep. Waltz, Judge Wetherell compared these policies to putting up a flashing “Come In, We’re Open” sign on the southern border. The congressman cited reports from Doctors Without Borders and international NGOs, stating that 40% of girls and women making the border crossing are subjected to sexual assault and abuse.
In September, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., introduced the “Secure the Border Act” in the U.S. Senate, which was followed by an amendment in December. The bill aims to address the pressing issues surrounding border security and immigration.
As the debate on immigration continues, lawmakers find themselves at odds over the best approach to secure the border while upholding the values that the United States represents. The controversy surrounding the Statue of Liberty serves as a poignant symbol of the deep divisions and complex challenges faced by the nation.
In conclusion, the call to remove the Statue of Liberty during the immigration hearing has sparked intense debate among lawmakers. With differing opinions on border security and immigration policies, Congress faces the daunting task of finding common ground and developing effective solutions that uphold American values while addressing the pressing issues at hand.