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Trumps’ government further tightens United States immigration rules with new regulations

US new rules restricting legal immigration Donald Trump
Deanna Wagner | 14 August, 2019, 00:25

NPR host Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli, "Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus" words etched on the Statue of Liberty, "give me your exhausted, your poor, ' are also part of the American ethos?" "Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

When NRP asked if these words are still part of the American ethos, Cuccinelli replied, "Give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge".

As a result of the policy, "the benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens, as legal permanent residents first, who can stand on their own two feet, who will not be reliant on the welfare system", he said.

The regulations announced on Monday targets those who rely on government assistance programmes like subsidized housing or food or have used the health insurance for the poor, making them ineligible for Green Cards or permanent residency.

He insisted that the poem plaque was placed on the Statue of Liberty at nearly the same time as the first public charge law. Public health and social service providers report that immigrants are anxious about seeking medical and housing aid for themselves and their children, who may be US citizens. Lazarus' poem, "The New Colossus", was written in 1883, and a plaque with her words was not cast on the Statue of Liberty until 1903.

The administration of President Donald Trump has introduced new restrictions to the United State's immigration policy and analysts fear this could affect legal immigrants into the country.

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"Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus's words etched on the Statue of Liberty, 'Give me your exhausted, give me your poor, ' are also a part of the American ethos?"

Speaking with NPR on Tuesday, Cuccinelli said welfare benefits would be one among several factors officials will use to consider whether an applicant would be a "public charge".

The new rule is set to go into effect October 15. NPR's Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli on "Morning Edition" in an interview published Tuesday. "Well, I'm certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty", he told reporters.

Asked two years ago about the proposed skills-based changes - which ultimately weren't passed - White House senior adviser Stephen Miller shrugged off a question from CNN's Jim Acosta about whether the Trump administration's efforts amounted to an effort to "change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country". "It's a symbol of American liberty lighting the world".

"The poem that you're referring to was added later (and) is not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty", Miller responded.