What’s in a poem? A lot, as it relates to the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. For many, it describes the essence of ‘the American way.” In part, it reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
But according to the Trump administration, that prose needs an update. In an interview with NPR yesterday, Ken Cuccinelli [[COO-chin-ehl-EE]], the acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services, it could/should up updated as “Give me your tired and your poor - who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge."
Does President Trump agree? Kind of. When asked about Cuccinelli's remarks – and the quote, Mr. Trump didn’t respond directly. "I don't think it's fair to have the American taxpayer pay for people to come into the United States," he offered. "I'm tired of seeing our taxpayer paying for people to come into the country and immediately go onto welfare and various other things. So I think we're doing it right."