(American Spectator | David Catron) — It has long since become commonplace for the Democrats and the media to misrepresent any and all policies proposed by the Trump administration, but the blizzard of balderdash that greeted the so-called “green card rule” has been over the top even by left-wing standards.
From the moment acting Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli announced it on Monday, the public charge regulation — which merely implements two bipartisan statutes passed in the 1990s — has been mischaracterized as a reversal of the nation’s historical immigration philosophy, a racist conspiracy, and a plot to favor rich immigrants over their poor counterparts.
All too typical of the nonsense that has been said and written about the regulation is the following headline from CNN: “Cuccinelli rewrites Statue of Liberty poem to make case for limiting immigration.” This ridiculous claim distorts an answer the acting director made during an interview with Rachel Martin at NPR. Martin asked him, “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?” Cuccinelli used the poem to highlight a more historically accurate description of actual U.S. immigration policy from the time “The New Colossus” was written to the present:
They certainly are — “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge law was passed — very interesting timing.