I chose this image of the Statue of Liberty being viewed by immigrants because it reflects how the icon was meant to be portrayed. I typically have a very skeptical view of our nation, and I have grown very disillusioned regarding typical American icons. However, when I think of the Statue of Liberty, my viewpoint is still in line with the popular view that the Statue of Liberty is a beacon of hope for any who wish to start a new, free life.
I am aware that our nation hardly follows the principles set forth by Lady Liberty. Many Republican candidates, for example, recently campaigned on the promise of building a giant wall at our southern border to discourage immigration., and people actually supported the idea. Is that what Lady Liberty would want?
Although it can be easily argued that the United States has been anti-immigrant from the beginning, that negativity (and reality) does not connect to my perception of the Statue of Liberty. Despite any anti-immigrant sentiments our nation possesses, the Statue of Liberty still stands as a welcome mat for anyone willing to make the journey to the United States in an ideological sense, if not a realistic one.