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

U.S. gov’t introduces new rules restricting legal immigration

U.S. gov’t introduces new rules restricting legal immigration

"President Trump has delivered on his promise to the American people to enforce long-standing immigration law by defining the public charge inadmissibility ground that has been on the books for years".

Some critics believe that the new regulations are aimed at low-income immigrant groups. NPR's Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli.

"Give me your exhausted and your poor who can stand on their own two feet".

The so-called public charge rule would penalize immigrants seeking benefits including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers by allowing officials to deny green cards and visa applications to those individuals.

Director of Citizen and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli suggested a little tweak to the famous Emma Lazarus "give me your exhausted, your poor" poem on NPR Morning Edition Tuesday.

"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?" asked NPR's Rachel Martin.

But the new rules tighten the definition of who is or will become a "public charge" by imposing tighter guidelines.

"I'm certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty", Cuccinelli replied.

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"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.

It's not the first time anti-immigration hardliners in President Donald Trump's administration have had to explain how Trump's harsh crackdowns on legal immigration reconcile with the Statue of Liberty's message. "Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'" It was mounted in the lower level of Lady Liberty's pedestal in 1903.

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". "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".

The new requirements will not apply to refugees, those seeking asylum, children given special immigrant status, and victims trafficking, criminal activity and domestic violence, according to the notification.

Others pointed to his background as the attorney general of Virginia, in which he led a conservative campaign against immigration and homosexuality.

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks during a briefing at the White House on August 12 in Washington.

"I'm exhausted of seeing our taxpayer paying for people to come into the country and immediately go onto welfare and various other things".

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