A full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Photo: AFP

Trump official mangles Statue of Liberty poem to suit president’s anti-immigration agenda

  • Acting US immigration chief Ken Cuccinelli said the famous lines were about ‘people coming from Europe’ who can ‘stand on their own two feet’
  • The original poem, taken from Emma Lazarus’ ‘The New Colossus’, makes no mention of economic self-sufficiency
Topic |   United States

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A full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Photo: AFP
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US Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Ken Cuccinelli during a briefing about the new rule at the White House on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

New US immigration rule could disqualify visa and green card applicants for being too poor

  • Change takes effect on October 15 and could see applicants rejected for receiving public assistance, including welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid
  • Critics say plan is racially motivated and seeks to cut legal immigration without going through Congress
Topic |   US immigration

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Ken Cuccinelli during a briefing about the new rule at the White House on Monday. Photo: Bloomberg
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