The Trump administration claims its effort to refocus the U.S. immigration system on merit is not a rejection of long-held American values.
The administration on Monday issued new rules that could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.
Citizenship and Immigration Services acting Director Ken Cuccinelli says President Donald Trump's administration is not trying to wipe away the nation's longtime commitment to taking in immigrants in need.
Cuccinelli was pressed on the Emma Lazarus poem emblazoned below the beacon to immigrants, which reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Cuccinelli says he's "certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty."
Immigration advocates worry the new rules will scare immigrants into not asking for help.
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