Trump 'tired' of poor immigrants using welfare

Trump 'tired' of poor immigrants using welfare

Schoolchildren nationwide are often taught Emma Lazarus's sonnet "The New Colossus", which reads, in part, "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Monday at the White House that immigrants legally in the U.S. may no longer be eligible for green cards if they use food stamps, Medicaid and other public benefits. It's called the "public charge" rule.

"Give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge", Cuccinelli said while trying to justify the new rule from the Trump administration that will limit legal immigration.

Cuccinelli argued that the new rule would help to ensure that immigrants won't become a burden, touting what the administration sees as the virtues of self-sufficiency during Monday's announcement.

The Trump administration's new "public charge" rule will make it more hard for low-income immigrants to secure permanent residency or temporary visas if they are deemed likely to rely on welfare benefits, such as food stamps or subsidized housing.


"I'm certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty", Cuccinelli replied.

The final version of the "public charge" rule is scheduled to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

The rule change is meant to reinforce "ideals of self-sufficiency", officials said.

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. "So let's not look at that as the be-all, end-all, and it's not the deciding factor".

"Very interesting timing", Cuccinelli said.


"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, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Tuesday, twisting Emma Lazarus's famous words on a bronze plaque at the Statue of Liberty. Immigration officers evaluating applications for adjustment of status, such as an application for a green card, could hold it against a migrant who'd had a past history of welfare use in the USA, or who appeared likely to end up using it in the future.

"Is that sentiment ― "Give us your exhausted, your poor" ― still operative in the United States, or should those words come down?"

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.

"So I think we're doing it right".


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