On Monday, Emma Lazarus wept.

Lazarus, of course, was the poet who celebrated that the United States welcomes the tired, the poor, the huddled masses of other lands. But on Monday, the Trump administration unveiled a new immigration policy that upends that tradition. The poor are no longer welcome. Instead, the immigrants with the best chances at getting past the gatekeepers and settling in America going forward will be rich, credentialed, and white.

Under the new policy, federal authorities will use “aggressive” wealth tests to reject residency or citizenship for an immigrant “because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge” — receiving food stamps or other taxpayer-funded welfare state benefits. And officials can make that determination by considering the migrant’s “age; health; family status; assets, resources, and financial status; and education and skills.”

In other words, the best way to avoid deportation under this new policy is to not be poor. This is a betrayal of America’s historic promise: The immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island a century ago did not, for the most part, come here on private yachts or in first-class berths. They came here to build new …read more


Source:: The Week – Politics

      

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