An artist who is an immigrant from the United Kingdom has painted a giant mural of the Statue of Liberty handcuffed and face down on a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) car, according to KTNV.
Las Vegas artist, Izaac Zevalking, who also calls himself as “Recycled Propaganda,” posted pictures of his artwork on July 29. Zevalking said that his purpose was to try to “draw analogies with America’s past and how it was founded and how it was largely built by immigrants, to really make an analogy out of that so that people can apply that to contemporary society and contemporary issues a little bit more.”
“Wherever that thought leads you. Whatever that conversation with someone else leads you,” he said, “I think it really needs to be discussed more in human terms.”
His website states that Zevalking apparently has issues with people speaking in fact-based terms; it asserts:
Known for his often gritty, sometimes shock-inducing imagery, and always thought-provoking, Zevalking utilizes initial digital images conveyed through media ranging from large-scale murals to sticker packs. All the imagery is crafted with the idea to subvert the white and black—fact and fear-based rhetoric that they are so often plagued with, into one that better represents their reality, “a more eccentric and equivocal.”
In a conversation between Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services had with National Public Radio, the Statue of Liberty was also discussed. NPR’s Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli about the implementation of a public charge rule for immigrants by the Trump administration based on a 1996 bipartisan law passed by Congress.
When Martin stated that the rule would “negatively affect immigrants who’ve been using these public services legally,” Cuccinelli responded, “It applies to start October 15,” said people won’t be surprised backward in time because of “the listed benefits will only be used in the analysis going forward after October 15.”
Martin then opined the new rule would make it more difficult to get permanent legal status for anyone who, he said, “as you say, may become a public charge at any time in the future.” Cuccinelli agreed and said Congress imposed that, they didn’t come up with that.
Cuccinelli claimed that any immigrants who came to the United States and could “stand on their own two feet” were welcome.
“Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the Statue of Liberty—give me your tired, your poor—are also part of the American ethos?” Martin said.
Lazarus’s words were amended by Cuccinelli, into “They certainly are—give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”
That plaque was put almost at the same time as the first public charge law was passed on the Statue of Liberty, Cuccinelli said.