"Give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge".
Here's acting USCIS director Ken Cuccinelli saying on NPR this morning that the Statue of Liberty plaque should be changed to read, "give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge".
Ken Cuccinelli was responding to a question about whether the updated regulations continued in the spirit of Emma Lazarus' sentiments in "The New Colossus" that are etched on the Statue of Liberty.
As the audio from Cuccinelli's Tuesday morning interview hit social media channels, outrage and condemnation immediately followed.
"They certainly are", Cuccinelli replied, but then amended the excerpt in notably less poetic language: "Give me your exhausted and your poor - who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge".
That's not a stretch from what a prominent member of DT's cabinet said on NPR Tuesday when asked about his boss' new policy change for immigrants that use public benefits. and how that reflects the Statue of Liberty plaque of taking in anyone and everyone.More news: Apple leads Wall Street rally as USA delays on tariffs
Kenneth Cuccinelli: "Through the public charge rule, President Trump's administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America".
On Monday, it made the regulation official, and it's set to go into effect October 15.
On Monday, the Trump administration announced the new "public charge" rule requiring immigration officials to take into account whether an immigrant is "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence" when applying for a visa or an adjustment to permanent resident status. It's called the "public charge" rule.
Rumors that the Trump administration was considering the regulation already led to a chilling effect on immigrants looking to put down roots through legal and permanent residency.
But applicants for visa extensions, green cards or United States citizenship will be subject to the change.
Those already in the U.S. could also have their applications rejected.More news: Norway Mosque Shooting Suspect Appears in Court With Wounded Face
- House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) August 13, 2019 This is absurd, historically inaccurate, ableist, and shockingly devoid of humanity and compassion.
Cuccinelli is a xenophobic, anti-immigrant fringe figure who has no business being in government.
Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general, has long held a hard-line stance against immigration and asylum policies.
"Very interesting timing", Cuccinelli said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Donald Trump recently told four congresswomen of colour to go back to where they came from and fix the rot there instead of telling the people of USA how their government should be run.More news: Sajid Javid maintains economy 'strong' despite seven year slump