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Big Picture What do you think of the Emma Lazarus poem? Should American immigration policies be based on its ideas? Is it dated? Can the United States still serve as a refuge for the tired, poor, and homeless? What do you think of the Thomas Bailey Aldrich poem? Should American immigration policies be based on its ideas? How would you characterize the poem’s ideas? Racist? Realistic? Far-sighted? Short-sighted? Should immigration be restricted? Why can’t America have a completely open border? Are there legitimate grounds for denying persons or groups of persons admission to the United States? Race? Poverty? Gender? Economic conditions? Should America’s immigration criteria favor the most or least skilled? Should America’s immigration policies aim to strengthen America? i.e., add to its skilled workforce? Or should they aim to provide opportunities to those most in need?