Trump official rewords Statue of Liberty poem to defend stance on migrants 4 days ago

Trump official rewords Statue of Liberty poem to defend stance on migrants

A Trump official has felt the need to add a sentence to the well-known words engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

A top US immigration official has revised the quote inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in defence of a new policy that denies food aid to legal migrants.

The words written on the statue are ones that represent a positive message of immigration, reading: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

And in a recent interview, US government official Ken Cuccinelli added the words "who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge".

He then went on to say that, when written, the words were originally intended for "people coming from Europe".

Cuccinelli's comments came a day after the administration announced a new rule that will reject green cards for immigrants who might rely on government assistance.

After the interviewer asked him if the policy "appears to change the definition of the American dream," he said: "We invite people to come here and join us as a privilege.

"No one has a right to become an American who isn't born here as an American."

You can see a clip from the interview here:

Clip via MSNBC