MSNBC contributor and BBC anchor Katty Kay argued on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s administration desires to maintain the United States a “majority white country” after a prime immigration official claimed the poem below the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants was referring solely to Europeans.
Kay, who was a visitor host together with MSNBC’s Billie Geist on Morning Joe on Wednesday, made the remarks whereas main a panel dialogue in regards to the Trump administration’s new immigration rule that may deny inexperienced playing cards to immigrants who’re anticipated to entry meals stamps and different authorities subsidies. Pointing out that Hispanics make up solely 10 % of meals stamp recipients within the U.S., whereas white Americans make up almost 50 %, Kay advised the choice was not really an financial one.
“I’m not quite sure this has anything to do with either welfare systems or economics,” she mentioned. “It’s purely about trying to keep America the way that this White House would like it to be in the face of demographic change, and that is a majority white country and they know that that’s changing.”
On Monday, the Trump administration introduced the brand new immigration rule, which considerably favors authorized immigrants with better financial means. It would favor giving inexperienced playing cards to wealthier migrants, whereas disqualifying immigrants that the federal government deems prone to entry authorities help applications. Many have criticized the coverage change, stating that it seems to go in opposition to the enduring poem positioned below the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, which has lengthy been seen as an emblem of welcoming new immigrants to the nation.
The sonnet, which was penned by Emma Lazarus in 1883, says: “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.”
When requested instantly in regards to the new rule and the way it seems to contradict the poem, Trump’s appearing director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, argued that it was solely referring to “people coming from Europe” in a Tuesday night interview with CNN. He added that the U.S. solely desires folks to immigrate “who can stand on their own two feet.”
Former Democratic Representative and present Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke of Texas tweeted out a response to Cuccinelli’s feedback, writing: “This administration finally admitted what we’ve known all along: They think the Statue of Liberty only applies to white people.”