“LIFT up the lamp at the golden door!” Adriano Espaillat shouted into the microphone, invoking the last line of “The New Colossus,” the poem engraved in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. His amplified words carried over a cheering crowd of thousands packed into Battery Park in downtown Manhattan. Their mittened hands lifted signs that read “No Ban, No Wall” and “Patrol White Supremacy, Not Borders”.
Mr Espaillat, the first Dominican-American member of Congress, came to America as an undocumented immigrant. Behind him, in New York Harbour, stood Ellis Island and Lady Liberty herself.