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New York - Trump Official Changes Emma Lazarus’ Poem In Arguing For Immigration Restrictions

Published on: August 13, 2019 09:00 PM
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New York - A Trump administration official changed Emma Lazarus’ famous poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty in arguing for immigration restrictions.

Asked about the Jewish poet’s words by an NPR reporter on Tuesday, Ken Cuccinelli, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director, gave the old words a new twist.

“Give me your tired and your poor,” Cuccinelli said, then adding his own qualifier, “who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”

In the original poem, the line reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Cuccinelli was defending the Trump administration’s newest regulation aimed at curbing immigration by withholding Green Cards from immigrants who receive, or the federal government thinks will need, government benefits.

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President Donald Trump has sought to curb immigration, both legal and illegal. Paired with what many critics see as racially charged rhetoric aimed at African-Americans and Latinos, the president’s policies have set off a fierce backlash among his critics, including in the Jewish community.



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 Aug 13, 2019 at 09:23 PM Educated Archy Says:

The standing on your two feet is an obvious necessity. What don't you thick head dummies get ? When that poem was said there were no social programs . Now there are . That's a huge game changer . Can we really afford for people to come here just to milk the system ? I have been making this argument for a long time . People come here for the free goodies . It's the most generous system out there . Better than in Israel or anywhere else . And you say well non citizens have a hard time getting programs anyhow . That's baloney and fake news . They all have kids here and get programs for their kids . Go to the wic or snap office . Nobody speaks English there

Don't kid yourself these guys come for the money and free goodies . I would too. I don't blame them . But it's just too abused . And he is correct in changing it

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 10:15 PM Anonymous Says:

The poem is not engraved on the Statue of Liberty it's just on a plaque inside

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