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Trumps’ government further tightens U.S. immigration rules with new regulations

Trumps’ government further tightens U.S. immigration rules with new regulations

On Monday, the Trump administration announced the new "public charge" rule requiring immigration officials to take into account whether an immigrant is "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence" when applying for a visa or an adjustment to permanent resident status.

Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, responded to the announcement, saying, "This rule essentially says that for anyone who isn't white, isn't wealthy, that you must forego food, you must forego shelter and basic medical care". "Our rule generally prevents aliens who are likely to become a public charge from coming to the United States or remaining here and getting a green card".

"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?"

During an NPR interview, host Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli if he agreed that the words written on the statue, particularly "give me your exhausted, your poor", are part of the American ethos.

"They certainly are", Cuccinelli replied.

"When it comes to immigration, the Statue of Liberty says, 'Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, '" Acosta said.

In the interview, he added that immigrants are welcome "who can stand on their own two feet, be self-sufficient, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, again, as in the American tradition".

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He insisted that the poem plaque was placed on the Statue of Liberty at nearly the same time as the first public charge law.

The new rule is set to go into effect October 15. "That self-sufficiency is a core American value, and it is central to the objective of this rule".

On Tuesday, Cuccinelli described the public charge as a "burden on the government".

Then he clarified. "It is a privilege to become an American, not a right for anybody who is not already an American citizen, that's what I was referring to".

US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to introduce a merit-based immigration system that would favour those who are well-educated or have special skills.

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Monday at the White House that immigrants legally in the U.S. may no longer be eligible for green cards if they use food stamps, Medicaid and other public benefits.

"Is that sentiment ― "Give us your exhausted, your poor" ― still operative in the United States, or should those words come down?"