The Cooch, Minister of Propaganda (Immigration Division,) has some interesting amendments to Emma Lazarus:
Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration’s acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, defended its new rule effectively barring legal immigrants on government benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid from becoming permanent residents by suggesting that the inscription on the Statue of Liberty should read: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet.”
In an interview Tuesday on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Cuccinelli repeatedly claimed that “it doesn’t seem like too much to ask.” He argued that “self-sufficiency is central to the American value set, and it’s also central to our immigration history.”
“If they don’t have future prospects of being legal permanent residents without welfare, that will be counted against them,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like too much to ask that we have Americans here who aren’t likely to go on welfare.”
When host Rachel Martin pressed him on exactly which immigrants would be welcome to the U.S., he replied: “All immigrants who can stand on their own two feet, [be] self-sufficient, pull themselves up by their bootstraps — again, as in the American tradition,” going on to cite “his Italian-Irish heritage.”
typically people cite racism against past immigrant groups to argue against discriminatory forms of restriction, not to say, "let's do this again." https://t.co/mVgl7T4mZv— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) August 12, 2019
Well, hey, if “but Congress and the Supreme Court were also really racist 100 years ago so what’s the problem?” is good enough for the Trump faction of the Supreme Court, why not use it yourself?