CNN anchor John Avlon took difficulty with President Donald Trump’s new immigration coverage, arguing that it goes immediately towards the poem written beneath the Statue of Liberty, which says “give me your tired, your poor,” and as an alternative says “GTFO.”
“There seems to be an animus against immigration period,” Avlon stated during a discussion on CNN’s New Day over the brand new coverage on Tuesday morning. “And you look at everyone here at this table and look at people who are working in the White House today, look in the mirror and say: ‘When and how did my grandparents or great-grandparents come here?” he continued. “People come here because they’re in economic or political distress and they come here because they want to work for a better life.”
Avlon then pointed to the phrases of the poem under the Statue of Liberty, explaining that it says: “give me your tired, your poor” and “your tempest-tost.” He argued that the brand new Trump administration coverage goes counter to these phrases. “What this policy does is say ‘GTFO’,” he asserted.
The new immigration rule announced by the Trump administration on Monday considerably favors authorized migrants with better financial means, making it simpler for them to stay within the nation completely. The rule will implement a wealth take a look at, figuring out whether or not or not the immigrants can help themselves within the nation. Individuals believed to be possible to make use of authorities help packages, resembling meals stamps and authorities well being care, shall be denied inexperienced playing cards beneath the coverage.
“Let’s call this rule what it is: a thinly veiled attempt to stratify immigration along income lines and to dissuade low-income and disproportionately black and brown immigrants from using financial assistance programs that they are legally eligible for,” Erin Hemlin, director of well being coverage and advocacy on the group Young Invincibles, stated in an announcement emailed to Newsweek.
“The Trump Administration does not believe that everyone deserves quality, affordable health care, regardless of income, race, or immigration status,” she stated.
Although administration officers stated that the brand new rule wouldn’t apply to these presently dwelling within the U.S. with inexperienced playing cards, in addition to sure members of the army, pregnant ladies, youngsters, refugees or asylum-seekers, advocates are involved that many immigrants will cease accessing government-funded packages out of concern.
As Avlon identified on CNN, the rule favoring wealthier immigrants does seem to go counter to the poem beneath the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The nationwide monument has lengthy been seen as a logo of welcoming immigrants to the nation. Written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, the sonnet says:
“Give me your drained, your poor,
Your huddled lots craving to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.”