So who are those huddled masses that the USA took in? The refugees from Europe. The ones who were at the bottom of the heap, who could barely survive in the overcrowded cities of Europe; who were looking for space and opportunities.
Perhaps the ancestors of many of those now living in places like New Mexico and Texas? The intrepid pioneers who set off across America in wagon trains; who suffered hardship; who fought off the Native Americans and fought wars against the Mexicans; who took the land off those who lived there; who settled it and farmed, mined and hunted. Those are the ones.
Who are the huddled masses now?
The hard-pressed from Central America and South America, the Mexicans and Muslims from war-torn Middle East.
The dispossessed, frightened, hungry and oppressed looking for space, freedom and opportunities.
Who are the ones most stringently opposing their entry?
Perhaps it is time to take the Statue of Liberty down??