There is a statue in the New York harbor that beckons , "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free." Back in the early twentieth century, tens of thousands of Italians and Sicilians passed beneath this statue, most undocumented, they had no papers. The immigration officers posted the letters WOP (without papers), on their applications. The derogatory name stuck, but they came, they worked hard, they became good citizens and added to the American culture. I, of Irish heritage, ended up marrying one of the descendants of that mass migration of undocumented immigrants.
Perhaps the statue, if it has become irrelevant, should be torn down. Scrap copper is at a premium these days.
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