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The Statue of Liberty: Rewriting History

President Donald Trump and the Republican party have vowed to get rid of illegal immigrants, reduce legal migration in half, and stop the chain migration cycle. Recent events in August 2019 have already given further impetus to this administration's immigration thrust.

Crispin Aranda

The Statue of Liberty: Rewriting History

Mid-August, Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli emphasized his intention to enforce the new public charge rule. He has gone on record saying that, until August 14, 2019, there has never been specific congressional action to address the public charge issue.

Deciding whether to grant the change of status and issue green cards remained under the discretion of a USCIS Adjudication Officer. Based on present and prospective determination, an Adjudication Officer has the sole authority to decide whether an applicant for permanent residence is inadmissable because he is likely to be dependent on the government.

Get an overview of the U.S. Final Public Charge Rule.

An Adjudication or a Consular Officer will base the prospective determination on "the totality of circumstances." All factors, relevant to whether an applicant might receive one or more public benefits, are assessed for a decision.

Listed under are the minimum factors to consider for the applicant:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Family Status
  • Education and skills
  • Assets and resources
  • Financial situation.

Cuccinelli said that the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty – welcoming immigrants – must change.

Appearing on National Public Radio, Cuccinelli answered a question whether the portion of Emma Lazarus' inscription "give me your tired, your poor," are still part of the American Dream.

"They certainly are," Cuccinelli said. "Give me your tired and your poor who can standon their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge."

These words applied to the poor, uneducated, uninsured huddled masses immigrants from Europe yearning to breathe free—including the grandparents of President Trump from Germany and the Italian grandparents of the Acting USCIS Chief.

According to the family tree on ancestry.com, "Cuccinelli's great-grandfather, Dominic Cuccinelli, was born in 1875 in the south of Italy. When he was 21, he immigrated to the United States in 1896.

Dominic, then a 54-year-old U.S. citizen, stated on his 1930 census form that he was a laborer and homeowner in Hoboken, New Jersey. The census at that time gauged Americans' wealth and status by asking whether they owned a radio. Dominic did not."

Dominic would not have been allowed entry into the U.S., and Kevin Cuccinelli would not be Acting Director of the agency that approves or refuses immigrants from coming to America.

Cuccinelli, given authority by the current U.S. president, is merely echoing the Republican's cry to change the inscription on the base of Lady Liberty statue—all to please their overwhelmingly white, electoral base.

Such is the final rule to take effect on October 13, 2019, a Sunday.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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