Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Trump immigration official Ken Cuccinelli tweaks the Statue of Liberty poem

Trump immigration official Ken Cuccinelli tweaks the Statue of Liberty poem

The administration official who offered that rewrite, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, affirmed on Wednesday that his words were intentional, including his added notion that the poem was written for Europeans.

California, a sanctuary state, is home to more than 10 million immigrants - almost a quarter of its population, and the largest immigrant population in the US. 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 USA citizens. Joining California are Maine, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia.

"Under this rule, children will go hungry; families will go without medical care".

California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra argues that the new rule violates the Constitution by disproportionately targeting non-white immigrants.

A rule change by President Trump's administration that would deny green cards to immigrants receiving public benefits is being protested by NY officials and labor groups.

The Trump administration has taken the toughest stance against legal and illegal immigration of any presidency in modern times.

The rule is derived from the Immigration Act of 1882, which allows the US government to deny a visa to anyone likely to become a "public charge".

In interviews this week, Cuccinelli also suggested rewriting the famous Statue of Liberty poem welcoming the exhausted, poor and huddled masses to United States shores to say: "Give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge".

Trump's attempts to thwart illegal immigration have drawn the most attention.

A 2018 study by the Migration Policy Institute found 69 percent of already established immigrants had at least one negative factor against them under the administration's wealth test, while just 39 percent had one of the heavily weighed positive factors.

"We are united as a state, we are representing the most diverse state and the world's most diverse democracy", Newsom said.

"The Rule will disproportionately block admission of non-white, non-European immigrants from Asia, Latin America, and Africa", and create more obstacles for them in the path to US citizenship, Becerra added. The rules don't apply to US citizens, but he said they can discourage citizens from participating if they have an immigrant in their family. "We will fight this unlawful rule every step of the way".

The government has estimated the rule would affect about 382,000 people seeking to adjust their immigration status, but immigration advocates fear that millions of people could ultimately be impacted by the regulation.

Danilo Trisi, a senior research analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, noted that some groups are exempt from the public charge test, notably refugees and people with humanitarian visas, but they too may recoil from accessing benefits.

New York AG Letitia James (D) on Monday said her office also plans to file a lawsuit seeking to halt the rule (Alvarado, North Jersey Record, 8/14; Klar, The Hill, 8/14; Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 8/13; Colliver, "Pulse", Politico, 8/14; Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/15). It also discourages them from using health, nutrition, housing and other programs for fear it will erode their chances of being granted lawful status.

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