Immigration Chief tweaks Statue of Liberty poem to defend new rules

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The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services invoked a tweaked version of the famous poem inside the Statue of Liberty while defending the Trump administration’s new rule that would deny green cards to many legal immigrants. 

“Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,” Ken Cuccinelli remarked during an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition.” 

Federal law already requires those seeking to become permanent residents or gain legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the U.S. — a “public charge,” in government speak —but the new rules detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Under the new rules, officials will now weigh whether applicants have received or were likely to receive programs like food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid. 

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