Trump Announces New Rule to Limit and Penalize Low-Income Immigrants

Henrietta Brewer
August 13, 2019

The famous passage reads in part: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Tuesday that the poem etched on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants to America should include a line qualifying that they be able to "stand on their own two feet".

During an NPR interview, host Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli if he agreed that the words written on the statue, particularly "give me your exhausted, your poor", are part of the American ethos.

"Give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet".

That's not a stretch from what a prominent member of DT's cabinet said on NPR Tuesday when asked about his boss' new policy change for immigrants that use public benefits. and how that reflects the Statue of Liberty plaque of taking in anyone and everyone.

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".


The new rule will go into effect October 15, and only government aid used after that point will be assessed, Cuccinelli said.

With the new rules, officers at USA citizenship and immigration services will now weigh public assistance along with other factors such as education, household income and health to determine whether to grant legal status.

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.

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".

Who will be affected by the new rule?

After implementation, it may not only reduce the number of legal immigrants in the US, but also make it easier for low-income immigrants in the country to apply for benefits even if they need them, thus increasing their health, education, etc.


President Trump has made immigration a central theme of his administration.

- House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) August 13, 2019 This is absurd, historically inaccurate, ableist, and shockingly devoid of humanity and compassion.

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

The people coming in, he said, should "not be a burden on the taxpayers or the government".

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


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