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Trump official twists Statue of Liberty poem for new migrant policy

Washington: The head of US immigration services on Tuesday twisted the words of a poem on the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the US’ history of immigration, to justify the Trump administration’s latest moves to crack down on certain types of legal immigration.
“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, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, told National Public Radio (NPR).
The Statue of Liberty sits on an island in New York Harbor, next to Ellis Island, which was once a key landing point for immigrants. The original poem, ‘The New Colossus’ by Emma Lazarus, contains the key line: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Cuccinelli was on NPR to explain the administration’s new policy of cracking down on immigrants who are in the US legally who have relied on, or may rely on, benefits. (DPA)

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