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Ken Cuccinelli Revises Statue Of Liberty Poem To Defend New Immigration Rule | NBC News



After being asked whether the Emma Lazarus poem reading, “give me your tired, your poor,” should be removed from the Statue of Liberty following a new rule that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to stay in the country, Acting Citizenship and Immigration Services head Ken Cuccinelli spoke to National Public Radio and offered a rewrite to the famous poem.
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41 comments

  1. The US military should now start saying that US wars are wars for Europeans. The US government failed to tell minorities this when it started to draft minorities in WWII and beyond. Minority service members should now realize their sacrifices are unappreciated and unwanted by the current administration.

    https://apnews.com/290fe000b4584ddca46a6eb36a74a703?fbclid=IwAR10w9oXd_iRB7JY3ev4-GDdV_EPvEQra7XNzOOYNEk_h7BqqPyMxfwtwts

  2. Give the unemployed jobs not welfare. Welfare was never the intended meaning on the statue of liberty. The United States was never intended to become the worlds dumping ground for the stupid and lazy people of the rest of the world. But then the liberal democrats took over!

  3. Does the race baiting Left believe there was a "Welfare System in America" when the poem by the socialist Emma Lazarus was written? You had to make your own way, you couldn't live off the hard work of others and "Live of the Government". If you want to come here and live, you should have to make your own way. If you can't? Sorry… We have enough poor people of all races in the U.S., so we don't need MILLIONS more, and no that's not Racist… It's a fact.

  4. Marco Rubio’s family got A LOT of subsidies when they immigrated from Cuba, including his tuition. They immigrated as 'REFUGEES" and certainly DID NOT use a LEGAL port of entry.

  5. American citizens have now become so deranged that they are mad about no longer getting to pay for immigrants who only come to get welfare. Trump derangement syndrom!

  6. it isn't a new policy. it is simply an enforcement of the old one. your point about a poem written to raise funds to finance the pedestal the statue stands on? to call this man all kinds of names, and to think that a poem is a law, shows the height of ignorance and a total disregard for history. shame on you for your bias in reporting. why not be real reporters and report the news without bias for once? better yet, take a course in history.

  7. "Media Deliberately Spread Fake News About Statue of Liberty Poem"

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/08/14/media-deliberately-spread-fake-news-statue-liberty-poem/
    by John Nolte 14 August 2019

    The media are deliberately spreading fake news about what the Statue of Liberty poem really means.

    Like any sane person, President Trump thinks it’s a terrible idea to flood
    our country with immigrants who go on the welfare rolls, a terrible idea
    for America to become an even bigger welfare state than it already is…

    Like any sane person, Trump wants to only bring in immigrants who will make America stronger and more prosperous.

    And so, Trump is going to finally enforce a Clinton-era law that puts an
    end to allowing people into our country who go on public assistance.
    This common sense change is expected to save taxpayers $57 billion a year.

    The statistics surrounding legal immigrants and the welfare
    they enjoy is beyond maddening. Because Democrats and their media
    minions want to replace Americans with those more likely to vote for
    Democrats, welfare use among non-citizens is now at a higher percentage
    than our own citizens.

    This is madness and, of course, it has to
    stop, but to ensure it continues, the establishment media are
    deliberately lying to the public about what the famous Emma Lazarus
    (1849-1887) poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty actually means.

    Forget that we are a nation of laws and not poems, here are the infamous
    welfare queens at NPR offering up the perfect example of how the overall
    media are abusing the Lazarus poem to emotionally blackmail us into
    continuing to open our welfare rolls to non-citizens….

    “Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’ words etched on the Statue of Liberty –
    give me your tired, your poor – are also part of the American ethos?”
    NPR asked Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    And we are seeing the same thing across a fake media
    desperate to convince us that by not importing welfare recipients from
    other countries, we are raping the Lazarus poem that, in part, reads:

    Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    You see, there’s just this one little thing…

    The poem doesn’t mean what the media want to con us into believing…

    The poem does not mean Give me your tired and poor, so working American taxpayers can subsidize a bunch of lazy non-citizens.

    Actually, the poem means the exact opposite…

    It means that America is the land of opportunity, a place where the tired
    and poor, the wretched refuse and homeless from other countries can come
    if they no longer want to be those things, if they are “yearning to be
    free,” if they are desperate to reach their human potential, if they are
    driven to succeed and thrive and want stand on their own two feet.

    Give America these people and watch what they can accomplish here — that’s
    what the poem means, not Give us these people so they can go on the dole.

    My wife is a Mexican immigrant. She came here with her
    parents, and they worked hard and learned the language and became great
    Americans. They contribute to America; they didn’t come to take, to be
    subsidized…

    Immigration is a wonderful thing, but you have to do
    it legally and have to want to come here to become a productive citizen,
    not a welfare queen. Heaven knows we already have enough of those among our own.

  8. "Media Deliberately Spread Fake News About Statue of Liberty Poem"

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/08/14/media-deliberately-spread-fake-news-statue-liberty-poem/
    by John Nolte 14 August 2019

    The media are deliberately spreading fake news about what the Statue of Liberty poem really means.

    Like any sane person, President Trump thinks it’s a terrible idea to flood
    our country with immigrants who go on the welfare rolls, a terrible idea
    for America to become an even bigger welfare state than it already is…

    Like any sane person, Trump wants to only bring in immigrants who will make America stronger and more prosperous.

    And so, Trump is going to finally enforce a Clinton-era law that puts an
    end to allowing people into our country who go on public assistance.
    This common sense change is expected to save taxpayers $57 billion a year.

    The statistics surrounding legal immigrants and the welfare
    they enjoy is beyond maddening. Because Democrats and their media
    minions want to replace Americans with those more likely to vote for
    Democrats, welfare use among non-citizens is now at a higher percentage
    than our own citizens.

    This is madness and, of course, it has to
    stop, but to ensure it continues, the establishment media are
    deliberately lying to the public about what the famous Emma Lazarus
    (1849-1887) poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty actually means.

    Forget that we are a nation of laws and not poems, here are the infamous
    welfare queens at NPR offering up the perfect example of how the overall
    media are abusing the Lazarus poem to emotionally blackmail us into
    continuing to open our welfare rolls to non-citizens….

    “Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’ words etched on the Statue of Liberty –
    give me your tired, your poor – are also part of the American ethos?”
    NPR asked Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    And we are seeing the same thing across a fake media
    desperate to convince us that by not importing welfare recipients from
    other countries, we are raping the Lazarus poem that, in part, reads:

    Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    You see, there’s just this one little thing…

    The poem doesn’t mean what the media want to con us into believing…

    The poem does not mean Give me your tired and poor, so working American taxpayers can subsidize a bunch of lazy non-citizens.

    Actually, the poem means the exact opposite…

    It means that America is the land of opportunity, a place where the tired
    and poor, the wretched refuse and homeless from other countries can come
    if they no longer want to be those things, if they are “yearning to be
    free,” if they are desperate to reach their human potential, if they are
    driven to succeed and thrive and want stand on their own two feet.

    Give America these people and watch what they can accomplish here — that’s
    what the poem means, not Give us these people so they can go on the dole.

    My wife is a Mexican immigrant. She came here with her
    parents, and they worked hard and learned the language and became great
    Americans. They contribute to America; they didn’t come to take, to be
    subsidized…

    Immigration is a wonderful thing, but you have to do
    it legally and have to want to come here to become a productive citizen,
    not a welfare queen. Heaven knows we already have enough of those among our own.

  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQBxBInImo (must hear) August 2019. Life is becoming dangerous.

    This video proves that Humanity and God does not exist in

    America. Bless you to hear and pass on urgently.

    truthisthecomingofchrist@gmail.com

  10. Liberal democrats and the media have always said we need more immigrants, legal and illegal, to do the work Americans won't do. Yet they say we should have immigrants who refuse to do any work at all and should be given welfare. Go figure. No, don't bother it makes no economic sense. It's only about having more people dependent on government welfare and who will be lifelong democrat voters.

  11. Fakenews. NBC should watch CNN.

  12. Cuccinelli is even worse as a person than he is as a poet

  13. Duh no surprise, anyone paying attention to or studying the mid '60's Republican Southern Strategy in school already knew the Republican Party purposely became the refuge of the nations intolerant. Now they are just reconfirming that fact for those that were not.

  14. Ken "give us your independently wealthy poor" Cuccinelli.

  15. Its pathetic that the Left believes this is directed ONLY at Europeans. Its pathetic because it exposes their own hypocritical racism and xenophobia, because they hear in this that NOBODY but Europeans have the ability to care for themselves. Because THEY believe NOBODY (mostly people of color) from other countries are not worthy of self-reliance. So, the Left are saying that people of color are not capable of taking care of themselves, since that's what THEY hear in this declaration, that ONLY Europeans are capable of not relying on the welfare state. The Left are completely blind and deaf to their own bigotries, hence why they scream "BIGOT!!!" at those who are not.

  16. Let me remind you racist f…., you were welcomed to our land, our country over 400 years ago. Our ancestors have been in this country for over 4,000 years. Who the f… you think you are?

  17. TIme to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY from KLAN.. full stop.. Im beyond FED UP with these terrorist klanbillys
    DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY
    DESTROYING ENDANGERED SPECIES
    DESTROYING THE CLIMATE
    DESTROYING THE UNITY
    DESTROYING EVERYTHING DECENT
    DESTROYING THE MIDDLE CLASS
    ..they are a mestastizing CANCER destroying EVERYTHING DECENT.. ENOUGH!!!

  18. This is not what Jesus Christ taught us…

  19. Guess (( COOCHIENELLI)) forgot how his dirt poor, illiterate , illegal alien euro ((eyetalian))ancestors crawled into this country,,, they were given WELFARE HANDOUTS by the US GOV

  20. in other words, no cripples.

  21. You can’t fit a world in a country.

  22. This nation used to be one that you could come to with absolutely nothing but the clothes on your back and make something of yourself. I am not happy with where we're headed. I just don't see any positive morality in our current trajectory. Do you?

  23. Australia has the same policy. Do not come and be a burden to the country and apply for assistance. If you don't have anything to offer, money. keep your behind in your own country. Australia has strict immigration laws. I know because I wanted to visit Australia. If your Visa expires they will find you and send you back to your country. You have to have thousands of dollars in cash to even be considered entrance into the country seeking citizenship.
    "Give me your tired, your POOR did not mean come to this country and sit your behind down. The people supposedly came seeking a BETTER life when they came through Ellis Island.

  24. Take it down, the stupid French would try to ruin us.

  25. anyone at anytime can 'revise' the motto on a statue. for the purposes of THIS administration it could just as well read, "give us your white, your wealthy, yearning for even more…".

  26. Another twisted, rotten P.O.S.

  27. Part of what made America was its generous immigration policies. The wealth and power of our nation grew because we accept people of every sort, who bring with them the unseen riches of their courage, creativity and determination. It is short-sighted to allow fear and mean-spiritedness to turn us away from an essential source of our greatness as a nation.

  28. More race baiting bs from msnbc
    Only FOOLS believe msnbc.

  29. Not being a public charge. You mean like putting them in a facility for months, maybe years, that's being funded by tax payer money. Glad we found a way to make sure they're not taking money away from the system.

  30. " …. yearning to be free.", means yearning for life,
    liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It means to
    do these things for yourself ….. and not to come
    to America, get in a line, and wait for a handout.
    It is to be "free" of government handouts.

    The democrats have perverted the concept "free"
    to now mean 'free government handouts.'

    Ken Cuccinelli is right, and the poem is also right
    just as it stands. The real shock, democrats have
    turned that poem into Socialism. "Freedom" and
    "Socialism" … are opposite views of existence.

    Ken Cuccinelli is forced to make the clarification,
    America is not socialism, it is not the land of the
    'free lunch'!!

  31. That poem was written before the U.S. became a welfare state…context is important.

  32. a clueless face, an effeminate voice, and a disgrace to Italian Americans.

  33. Trumps cabinet has the largest collection of sociopathic monsters to ever infest our government.

  34. his completion is not correct, maybe he's willing to add to your statue of liberty….

  35. Completely unpatriotic and unAmerican; just like Trump, his GOP and all his little fanatical supporters.

  36. We have millions of homeless in the US and only %30 of the millenial generation even have a home to call their own
    Shut down all immigration

  37. White supremacists need not apply to get into the US.

  38. The Republicans use the bible to justify everything horrible they have done

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