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Immigration Services and Masses Yearning

poem: Lazarus wrote The New Colossus in 1883, one year after Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned labourers from China, according to CTV. The poem is best known for its line about welcoming your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. A biographer of poet Emma Lazarus on Wednesday challenged the comment by the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, explaining that Lazarus' words were her way of urging Americans to embrace the poor and destitute of all places and origins. Beginning in the 1930s, supporters of immigration began using the poem to bolster their cause. Ken Cuccinelli suggested Tuesday in an interview with NPR that the line should be changed to give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge. Biographer Esther Schor said Lazarus was deeply involved in refugee causes. ( As reported in the news.