Ken Cuccinelli is asked if Lady Liberty’s plaque should come down amid immigration changes
From Fox News By Nick Givas
The acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service office, Ken Cuccinelli, fielded question during Monday’s White House press briefing regarding new immigration regulations. One of the more pointed questions: Should the plaque on the Statue of Liberty be removed?
Cuccinelli outlined the new “public charge” rule that allows the federal government to take into account income and education while reviewing a potential immigrant’s request for a visa or green card. Officials say this will ensure that those who are granted access to the U.S. can be financially self-sufficient taxpayers who aren’t in need of federal entitlements.
CBS Radio’s Steven Portnoy asked if the new rule comes into conflict with the Statue of Liberty’s embrace of the downtrodden. He asked if the plaque should be removed.
“As long as the public charge has been in effect since the late 1800s, there’s also been, almost as long, the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty that read, ‘Give us your tired, your poor…’ You’re implementing a public charge rule for the first time,” Portnoy said. “Is that sentiment … still operative in the United States … or should the plaque come down off the statue?”
Cucinelli said there are no plans to remove the famous plaque and cheered America’s track record as having a wide embrace.
“Well I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty,” he replied. “We have a long history of being one of the most welcoming nations in the world, on a lot of bases. Whether you be an asylee, whether you be coming here to join your family, or emigrating yourself … I do not think, by any means, we’re ready to take anything off the Statue of Liberty.”
My thoughts: Until very recently the U.S. government did not provide welfare to everyone that came to America. They did not take money from citizens to provide health care to people that came here illegally. And any illegal can walk into any hospital and be treated for free. No , anyone that came to America had an opportunity to have a life of freedom that could provide a future for those that wanted to work for it. There was no one saying if you fail we will still take care of you. Back then if you failed you most likely died.
But now the times have changed. The government has set themselves up as a dictatorship that tells the people, you will do as I say and like it or else. They take our money and like it or not spend it on whatever they decide is right. They are trying to reverse the roll of who works for who. This is why the Democrats in congress are so angry that Trump won. Its because the people said no we have had enough, you work for us and we are tired of you way of doing things. Well a few Republicans were upset that we rocked the boat in a big way also. I hope those in congress wake up and start to listen. If not things could go bad really quick if the poeple get upset with their elected leader who won’t listen.
“There are plenty of persons who have already made the assertion that they believe the American people have a short memory and that they intend to revive all the foreign associations which more directly interfere with the complete Americanization of our people. Our principle in this matter should be absolutely simple.
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.
“If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.
“We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul [sic] loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”