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.”

Moveon.org: Take action – Enough anti-immigrant violence

Immigration should be a safe and empowering choice. 

Everyone should have the freedom to move and freedom to stay based on what is best for them to thrive. But from El Paso, TX, to towns across Mississippi, immigrant and Latino communities have been relentlessly attacked by Trump’s administration and right-wing assailants. Here’s how you can take action.

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Go to town hall meetings and raise your voice

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Show solidarity with the Latinx community

Join a local immigrants’ rights group, sign up to accompany immigrants to ICE check-ins, donate to United We Dream’s DACA renewal fund or local groups like RAICES and theTexas Civil Rights ProjectAnd stay involved—because the attacks against immigrants are escalating, and we can’t back down. Here is a list of some organizations advocating for immigrants’ rights to consider getting involved with in your area:

President and First Lady Pose with Infant Orphaned in El Paso Massacre

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New details have emerged about Wednesday’s visit to El Paso by the president and first lady Melania Trump. Reporters were barred from following the Trumps as they toured the University Medical Center of El Paso, where victims of Saturday’s mass shooting were treated. None of the eight survivors who were still receiving treatment agreed to meet with the president. But a cellphone video given to local station KDBCshows the president smiling and laughing with medical workers as he boasts about the size of a crowd at a Trump campaign rally in El Paso in February, while disparaging a competing campaign rally held by Beto O’Rourke.

President Donald Trump: “That was some — that was some crowd. And we had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto. Beto had like 400 people, in a parking lot.”

CNN reports a hospital official said President Trump showed an “absence of empathy” during the visit. On Thursday, Melania Trump’s Twitter account published a photo from the trip showing the first lady holding a 2-month-old infant who was orphaned when both her parents were gunned down Saturday. In the photo, President Trump stands next to his wife, flashing a “thumbs up” sign. Both the president and first lady are grinning widely. Relatives brought the child back to the hospital for the Trumps’ visit. The child’s parents, Jordan and Andre Anchondo, died as they shielded their baby from the alleged white nationalist shooter whose online manifesto — published moments before the assault — echoed President Trump’s rhetoric about an “invasion” of immigrants. The baby was grazed by a bullet and was treated for broken fingers.

70 Catholics Arrested in Capitol Hill Protest of Trump’s Immigration Policies

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In Washington, D.C., Capitol Police arrested 70 Catholic nuns and clergy Thursday as they held a nonviolent sit-in protest inside the Russell Senate Office Building against the Trump administration’s inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers. More than a dozen protesters stood in a circle, holding the photographs of migrant children who have died in U.S. custody, and reciting their names. The latest protests came as immigrant communities across the U.S. have prepared for reported ICE raids that were scheduled to begin last weekend but have largely not materialized.

Donald Trump will hate this (Free “Squad Goals ” sticker!)

Donald Trump managed to reach a new low on Sunday, when he sent a series of racist tweets aimed at Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, telling the four congresswomen to “go back [to the countries] from which they came.”1

Attacking these elected officials because of the color of their skin is disgusting. It is unacceptable. And it is a clear attempt by Trump to silence a group of women who are boldly and unapologetically fighting for the rest of us.

But as Rep. Pressley said yesterday, “We are more than four people … Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to creating a more equitable and just world.”2

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These latest attacks were not only a look inside the grotesque racist echo chamber in Trump’s mind, but also a clear attempt to distract us from the ongoing humanitarian disaster on the border. It won’t work.

MoveOn members, our allies, Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib, and more will continue to work to close the concentration camps at the border, defund the out-of-control agencies committing these atrocities, and defeat Trump and his allies in 2020.

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1. “Trump’s racist Twitter tirade about ‘the Squad,’ explained,” Vox, July 15, 2019
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2. Tweet by Justice Democrats, July 15, 2019
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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…

 

5 hrs · 

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.

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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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