A historian and director of the organization that has the original manuscript of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus,” the iconic poem displayed on the Statue of Liberty, is disappointed but “not surprised” by Trump administration official Ken Cuccinelli suggesting a rewriting of the poem to defend new immigration restrictions.

“To see how something so expressive of the country’s greatest ideals, to see how it could be so contorted or distorted, is really, I think dismay is the only word,” said historian Annie Polland, the executive director of the in New York, adding that she was “not surprised because we’ve been hearing these sentiments more than we have in the past.”

, Cuccinelli, the Trump administration’s acting immigration chief, attempted to defend

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