US immigration policy gets hit: Street Art pays attention to America's discoverers
The Statue of Liberty, handcuffed and bent over the hood of a police car, is a public response in the name of British immigrant Izaac Zevalking. According to the author, this picture reflects the current attitude of the US government towards immigrants.
This image was posted in Las Vegas right after Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wanted to change the greeting words posted on a placard at the Statue of Liberty, saying "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
The artist, also known as the Recycled Propaganda, wanted to draw the attention of Americans to the fact that the United States, in its current form, was founded and built by immigrants and that it was wrong to drive away and restrict their rights in the “land of freedom and opportunity”.
Also, one of the author’s motivators was changes in immigration law. Under the new rules, refugees who wish to obtain US resident status, but who have enjoyed publicly available social benefits for a year, will no longer be able to receive a green card.