Trump official revises Statue of Liberty poem to defend migrant rule change

Statue of Liberty

A top US immigration official has revised a quote inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in defence of a new policy that denies food aid to legal migrants.

The head of Citizenship and Immigration Services tweaked the passage: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.

The official added the words “who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge”.

It comes as Trump officials debuted a regulation that denies aid to migrants.

Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration’s acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced on Monday a new “public charge” requirement that limits legal migrants from seeking certain public benefits such as public housing or food aid, or are considered likely to do so in the future.

The New Colossus plaque and Emma LazarusThe New Colossus was written by New York-born poet Emma Lazarus in 1883

The new regulation, known as a “public charge rule”, was published in the Federal Register on Monday and will take effect on 15 October.

The rule change is intended to reinforce “ideals of self-sufficiency”, officials said. Critics argue that it will prevent low-income US residents from seeking help.

What did the official say?

On Tuesday, Mr Cuccinelli was asked by NPR whether the 1883 poem titled The New Colossus at the Statue of Liberty on New York’s Ellis Island still applied.

“Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, give me your poor,’ are also a part of the American ethos?” asked NPR’s Rachel Martin.

Ken CuccinellKen Cuccinelli, the acting head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services

“They certainly are,” Mr Cuccinelli responded. “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 on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge [law] was passed – very interesting timing,” he added.

The actual passage reads in part: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In the interview, he added that immigrants are welcome “who can stand on their own two feet, be self-sufficient, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, again, as in the American tradition”.

Top immigration official says public charge rule will not target “any particular group”

After the host asked if the policy “appears to change the definition of the American dream,” he said: “We invite people to come here and join us as a privilege.

“No one has a right to become an American who isn’t born here as an American.”

Who will be affected by the new rule?

Immigrants who are already permanent residents in the US are unlikely to be affected by the rule change.

It also does not apply to refugees and asylum applicants.

But applicants for visa extensions, green cards or US citizenship will be subject to the change.

Those who do not meet income standards or who are deemed likely to rely on benefits such as Medicaid (government-run healthcare) or housing vouchers in future may be blocked from entering the country.

Foreign-born population by legal status

Those already in the US could also have their applications rejected.

An estimated 22 million legal residents in the US are without citizenship, and many of these are likely to be affected.

President Trump has made immigration a central theme of his administration. This latest move is part of his government’s efforts to curb legal immigration.

What has reaction been?

The Democratic led House Homeland Security Committee condemned Mr Cuccinelli’s revision in a tweet, calling the words “vile and un-American”.

“It’s clear the Trump Administration just wants to keep certain people out,” the committee wrote, calling Mr Cuccinelli “a xenophobic, anti-immigrant fringe figure who has no business being in government”.

Others pointed to his background as the attorney general of Virginia, in which he led a conservative campaign against immigration and homosexuality.

Asked about Mr Cuccinelli’s remarks on Tuesday, President Trump did not directly respond to the Statue of Liberty quote, but said: “I don’t think it’s fair to have the American taxpayer pay for people to come into the United States.”

“I’m tired of seeing our taxpayer paying for people to come into the country and immediately go onto welfare and various other things.

“So I think we’re doing it right.”

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Meet The Alabama Doctor Who Could Face 99 Years In Prison For Providing Abortions Under New Law

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban into law on Wednesday, effectively banning the procedure except in cases where a pregnant person’s life is at serious risk. The law does not make exceptions in cases of rape or incest and doctors could face 99 years in prison for performing abortions. We speak with Dr. Yashica Robinson, the medical director of the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, one of only three clinics left in the state that offer patients abortion services. She is one of only two abortion providers living and working in Alabama. Under the new Alabama law, she could spend the rest of her life in prison for doing her job.

Venezualan Embassy Fiasco – Jacqui Voltaire

Our four Embassy protection collective out of jail and out from the first court hearing. The arraignment under which they are able to leave —-the next hearing is June 12. I got back on line at 3PM and have been watching and adding all these videos to this Update. There may be more from the Code Pink House where they are now so I might do a Third Update if so.
Love,
jacqui

This is them at the Code Pink House giving a briefing.

Ann Wright

Ann Wright was live.

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin was liv


Our four Embassy protection collective out of jail and out from the first court hearing. The arraignment under which they are able to leave —-the next hearing is June 12

Ann Wright

Our four Embassy protection collective out of jail and out from the first court hearing. The arraignment under…

 

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Update from Ann Wright regarding the status of the four arrested Venezuelan Embassy Protectors and the building itself.
Attached is a video from RealNews that describes what happened at the Embassy over the last month and gives a complete overview of the situation.
The four Embassy Protection Collective members, Kevin Zeese, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Dr. Adrienne Pine and David Paul arrested yesterday will appear today at 1:45pm at the Federal “Pettyman” Court, courtroom 5, 333 Constitution Ave. Bring your ID.
Remember Saturday at noon-big demo at the Venezuelan Embassy to continue our protests of the US government violating international law.
The Real News has a great video about the violation of the Venezuelan Embassy and the arrest of four Embassy Protection Collective.

YOUTUBE.COM
After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke…

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!!!!! Love,jacqui

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM
A meeting between Guaido’s team and the US Southern Command is being organised.
A scholarly 21-page analysis of how US sanctions have created (and/or contributed to) the severe humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that’s now being used as the rationale for US-supported regmine change.
Words cannot express quite how much I admire the brave people at CODEPINK and how proud I am to count Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry as my true friends …
The day before the Trump administration broke international law by US police entering the embassy, this Press briefing at the UN by the Venezuelan UN mission wa

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