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OpinionCuccinelli's Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance (opinion)

17:36  14 august  2019
17:36  14 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem

Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem "Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge," he said.

Just listened to Cuccinelli on CNN; this guy is what' s exactly wrong with the Trump administration and the country in general. Seems more like ignorance than a parody of ignorance .

After Cuccinelli added that immigrants need to show they can “pull themselves up by their bootstraps,” NPR host Rachel Martin asked the one-time Virginia gubernatorial candidate about the famous Emma Lazarus poem etched into the Statue of Liberty .

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Cuccinelli's Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance (opinion)© Courtesy of Ken Cuccinelli Ken Cuccinelli

It's practically a parody of Trumpian ignorance and bigotry: Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, offering a rewrite of the famous Emma Lazarus poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.

Instead of reading "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," Cuccinelli suggested – in answer to a reporter's question about whether he agreed with Lazarus's poem – that maybe it should say, "Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge."

Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem refers to Europeans

Trump official: Statue of Liberty poem refers to Europeans The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services says the inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about "people coming from Europe." Ken Cuccinelli (koo-chih-NEHL'-ee) said Tuesday on CNN that the poem referred to Europeans coming from "class-based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren't in the right class." 

Ken Cuccinelli ' s Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance | By @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion.

She went on to ask Cuccinelli : “So what do you think America stands for?” “Well, of course that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe After essentially claiming the Statue of Liberty was only meant to welcome white immigrants, the Trump immigration boss went on to assert that the

This is in line with a new Trump administration regulation that could dramatically reduce the number of legal immigrants to the United States by allowing officials to reject green card and visa applicants if they are low-income, have little education or have ever relied on social assistance programs like Medicaid or food stamps. "This will help Citizenship and Immigration Services objectively determine whether the applicant is likely at any time in the future to receive public benefits," Cuccinelli wrote in a CNN op-ed.

The law, Cuccinelli says, will require "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," and "self-sufficiency has been a core tenet of the American dream."

‘Clearly, he did not take part in our curriculum’: Historians bash Ken Cuccinelli’s revised Statue of Liberty poem

‘Clearly, he did not take part in our curriculum’: Historians bash Ken Cuccinelli’s revised Statue of Liberty poem “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 Tuesday.

When Cuccinelli announced the change on Monday, CBS News Radio correspondent Steven Portnoy asked him if he stood by the words on the Statue of Liberty . "I don't want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty enlightening the world," Miller said.

Ken Cuccinelli revises Statue of Liberty poem to defend new immigration rule. The interview followed the administration' s Monday announcement of a rule that would make it more difficult for low-income, legal immigrants who receive public assistance to remain in the country legally.

Never mind that immigrants are, for one thing, less likely to rely on welfare benefits than native-born Americans, according to research last year by the libertarian Cato Institute. Or that blue-collar, white voters – Trump's base – actually enjoy the greatest share of government anti-poverty programs, according to research by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

It could not be plainer: This so-called "public charge" rule (it refers to immigrants who are "primarily dependent" on government assistance) isn't about encouraging self-sufficiency. It's about scapegoating.

None of us are entirely self-sufficient – those born into wealth or at least economic stability are supported by their families into adulthood; those born into poverty sometimes need the government to step in.

There is nothing shameful – nor should there be anything disqualifying – about needing the help of your society and your community. Human beings in fact form societies to facilitate the kind of widely beneficial peace and prosperity that entire communities can more effectively provide. Countless Americans rely on government benefits. Trump voters are among them, and deserve good health care, food for their families and care into old age. What's sad – and enraging – is seeing this administration try to slam the door on everyone else.

'Give me your tired, your poor': The story behind the poem on the Statue of Liberty

'Give me your tired, your poor': The story behind the poem on the Statue of Liberty Historians tell ABC News the location of the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor and the poem affixed to its pedestal transformed it into a symbol of immigration.

The GOP-led 115th Congress enacted 442 public laws. Of those laws, 69% were substantive. Ken Cuccinelli ' s Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance | By @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion.

Ken Cuccinelli ' s Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance | By @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion.

When Trump and Co. are locking refugee children in cages and ripping babies away from their mothers, they defend it by saying that they are trying to curb illegal immigration. As they demand billions to build a border wall to keep undocumented immigrants out, they claim it's about enforcing American laws. If immigrants want to come in, they have to play by the rules, they say.

This latest rule shows what a blow of smoke that all was. The immigrants targeted here are trying to play by the rules and attain legal status. Their only crime is being poor and mostly not white.

Rules like these aren't entirely new – exclusionary immigration laws are indeed woven into the fabric of American history. But consider for a moment how many Americans – our parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents – wouldn't be here today if regulations that used the straitened circumstances of new immigrants to measure their future earning potential had been in place.

One wonders whether Ken Cuccinelli's Irish and Italian ancestors were all lucky enough to be financially secure and self-sufficient before they crossed the Atlantic – or if part of the American dream was arriving impoverished and making your way to something better in a country that was willing to help along the way.

Ken Cuccinelli talked about undocumented immigrants as 'invaders' since at least 2007

Ken Cuccinelli talked about undocumented immigrants as 'invaders' since at least 2007 Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, was a founding member of a group more than a decade ago that described undocumented immigrants as "foreign invaders" responsible for "serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, terrorism." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The group, State Legislators for Legal Immigration, was established in 2007, when an immigration revamp was being hotly debated in Congress.

Ken Cuccinelli ' s Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance | By @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion.

Ken Cuccinelli ' s Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance | By @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion.

I know that my own not-so-distant ancestors – a Serbian former prisoner of war with an eighth-grade education, a German nurse and their small child – coming from devastated post-war Europe, would not have met these new requirements. Nor did they show up in the United States and find vast fortune (they initially found New York flophouses and a Greyhound to Chicago).

But my immigrant grandfather, with a limited education and a thick accent and a physical disability from his years in a war camp, found work in the Chicago steel mills – those hallowed halls of the white American working class Trump loves to glorify, that in fact employed a great many bootstrapping young immigrants. My Omi worked at a local hospital. Thanks to then-strong unions, relatively affordable housing and good public education, they raised three children in lower-middle-class stability, all of whom climbed the rungs into the American middle class.

Those who defend the Trump policy may argue that our immigrant grandparents didn't get government support. But government support back then didn't exist in an identical state to today; immigrating and then attaining citizenship (particularly for whites) was also significantly faster than it is today, at which point any available benefits were available. The idea that our grandparents simply bootstrapped themselves while today's immigrants are gaming the system is simply false.

The Tired and Poor Who Make America Great

The Tired and Poor Who Make America Great America is on the verge of grand human re-sorting. On Monday, the Trump administration announced new immigration rules that favor younger, healthier and wealthier newcomers, and make it easier to deny permanent residency to those relying on public assistance programs like Medicaid, or those who don’t show enough funds on their visa applications. When asked about the apparent contradiction between the new rules and the famous poem inviting the world’s “tired and poor” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, suggested an interpretation that adds “standing on their own two feet”

"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.

Ken Cuccinelli ' s Statue of Liberty suggestion is a parody of Trumpian bigotry and ignorance | By @JillFilipovic for @CNNOpinion.

American immigrants today working in restaurants, in meat factories, in beauty salons and in our homes as health aids for the sick and elderly, as cleaners, or as childcare workers, want the same things my grandparents wanted: Safety, stability, maybe even modest prosperity for their children and grandchildren.

But this new rule makes explicit just how unwelcome they are. "It will have a dire humanitarian impact, forcing some families to forgo critical lifesaving health care and nutrition," Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, told the New York Times, lest they lose the chance for a green card by revealing to the government that they need help getting on their feet.

Needy immigrants shouldn't have to choose between legal status and support from the government of a wealthy, developed nation.

Americans need not throw aside our foundational values in the service of the demagogues and bigots. The periods in our history when we have barred immigrants on the basis of certain characteristics like race are dark, shameful ones.

This administration is discriminating based on wealth, as though the poor are less deserving than the rich – as though being poor is a moral failing instead of an economic reality. And they're in effect effacing the Statue of Liberty to do it.

Trump restrictions on legal immigration betray America’s immigrant heritage.
President Trump’s action this week to restrict legal immigration by people who might need public assistance in the future is a rejection of our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants and has the effect of erasing the beautiful and welcoming words on the Statue of Liberty. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” Lady Liberty beckons in a poem on the statue’s pedestal.

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This is interesting!