Statue of Liberty handcuffed by ICE in Las Vegas mural
Izaac Zevalking, who also uses a pseudonym Recycled Propaganda, just unveiled his last artistic creation – a mural in Las Vegas showing Statue of Liberty being handcuffed and on the hood of an ICE car.
Izaac is also an immigrant. He was born in the United Kingdom, and for the last few years, he lives in the USA.
His mural has perfect timing, indeed. Just recently President Donald Trump's administration issued a rule, that immigrants who have spent more than a year on various social-welfare services, can be denied a permanent residency status or a green card. This could concern the people that used for long-time food stamps, Medicaid or any other public benefits.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting chief of citizenship and immigration services in the USA, jokingly said in one of his recent NPR interviews, "give me your tired and your poor – who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” It was an obvious analogy to the Statue's of Liberty original words, that say, "Give me your tired, Your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore."
Cuccinelli also added that from now, USA welcomes "all immigrants who can stand on their own two feet, self-sufficient," and those that can "pull themselves up by their boot straps – as in the American tradition."
Izaac Zevalking, the artist behind "the handcuffed Statue of Liberty" mural also added that he wanted, "to make an analogy out of that so that people can apply that to contemporary society and contemporary issues a little bit more."
“I think it’s a good time in our country and our political environment to do stuff highlighting immigration,” said Zevalking about his latest creation. “My purpose of doing what I did with the Statue of Liberty is to try and draw analogies with America’s past and how it was founded and how it was largely built by immigrants," added an English-American artist.