The announcement came from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Ken Cuccinelli, who sparked a firestorm of criticism this week when he suggested white immigrants from Europe are more economically responsible than nonwhite immigrants, per Yahoo Sports.
Cuccinelli proposed modifying the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty in the wake of the Administration’s new plan, which reads, in part, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
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Cuccinelli: That statue of liberty poem was about “people coming from Europe.” pic.twitter.com/nrDcUGJsU3
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 13, 2019
He suggested a tweak to the poem while speaking with NPR Tuesday morning.
“Give me your tired 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 that will limit legal immigration.
He further argued that the Liberty sonnet, written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus’s, referred to immigrants from Europe, who he believes are more economically self-sufficient than other groups.
via Yahoo Sports:
Yet whites represent the largest racial group living in poverty, and the largest group of food-aid recipients under the federal SNAP program. At an average cost of $254 per household per month, Uncle Sam spends about $2 billion per month for food aid to white households, compared with $1.3 billion for blacks and $610 million for Hispanics.
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When asked on Monday if Lazarus’s words should be removed from the Statute of Liberty in the wake of Trump’s new rule, Cuccinelli said: “Well, I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty,” he told reporters.
“We have a long history of being one of the most welcoming nations in the world on a lot of bases — whether you be an asylee, whether you be coming here to join your family or immigrating yourself.”