“Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet.”

That’s what the U.S.’s immigration chief told NPR, twisting the words on the Statue of Liberty, to defend a new rule that would penalize immigrants who rely on government benefits.

“No one has a right to become an American who isn’t born here as an American,” Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of USCIS, told NPR.

Then he clarified. “It is a privilege to become an American not a right for anybody who is not already an American citizen.”
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