Cuccinelli Edits Lazarus Poem To Justify 'Public Charge' Rule

Cuccinelli Edits Lazarus Poem To Justify 'Public Charge' Rule

He told NPR the new regulation was a prospective rule, "part of President Trump keeping his promises". The regulation is expected to be challenged by immigration groups in court.

According to the regulations, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service decides whether to issue a permanent residence permit (green card), it will consider whether the applicant has received public welfare as a factor in consideration of his or her education, income, and health status.

On Monday, it made the regulation official, and it's set to go into effect October 15.

He said the welcoming words from the 1903 plaque at the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your exhausted, your poor", were put there "at nearly the same time" as when the first public charge law was passed - in 1882.

"When it comes to immigration, the Statue of Liberty says, 'Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, '" Acosta said.

In an interview with NPR on Tuesday morning, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was questioned about the administration's plan to curb legal immigration by denying green cards and citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits like food stamps or housing assistance.

"They certainly are", Mr Cuccinelli responded.

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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".

According to the regulations, foreign citizens who apply to immigrate to the US will be considered "public burden" if they failed to meet the prescribed income standards or receive public benefits for more than one year in any three years in the country. "That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at nearly the same time as the first public charge was passed - very interesting timing".

NPR's Rachel Martin asked him if that new rule changes the idea of the American dream of being able to come to the country with nothing and still find success.

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.

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks during a briefing at the White House on August 12 in Washington.

It also does not apply to refugees and asylum applicants.

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 United States how their government should be run.

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