Top Trump official: Statue of Liberty was about "people coming from Europe" (VIDEO)
Ken Cuccinelli, the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was on CNN Tuesday night to discuss his recent comments about the poem on the Statue of Liberty, implying it didn't really mean taking in poor people who couldn't provide for themselves.
And, he just made it worse. Infinitely times more worse.
Now, Cuccinelli is doubling up on his original comments and saying that the poem is actually about "people coming from Europe."
So, what is he trying to get at here exactly? It's not meant for all immigrants?
Cuccinelli is already in enough trouble, becoming the latest Trump official to put his foot in his mouth.
When he spoke on NPR earlier Tuesday, he suggested that the Statue of Liberty poem should be changed to "give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge."
The actual poem 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!"
“Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet."— Eric McDaniel (@ericmcdanieldc) August 13, 2019
Immigration Services head Ken Cuccinelli to @rachelnpr today.
A new rule would make it hard for immigrants who use public benefits to stay in US: https://t.co/Y08iLtCD69
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In Cuccinelli's mind, anyone who is on government benefits is part of the "public charge" and somehow that isn't what the Statue of Liberty is all about.
Trump's new executive action seeks to make it harder for poor legal immigrants who rely on basic governmental services like food stamps and subsidized housing to win legal permanent status. That's how this entire argument surrounding the Statue of Liberty even started in the first place.