FILE - In this June 2, 2009, file photo, the Statue of Liberty stands in New York harbor. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Under the policy, USCIS officers would perform more thorough reviews of whether potential immigrants either have used U.S. welfare programs or are likely to use them. The immigrants could be denied the chance for permanent legal status.
In the days since the policy was announced, Mr. Cuccinelli has been prodded with accusations that he is effectively rewriting the meaning of Lazarus‘ poem, “The New Colossus,” and deleting its plea for the world to send “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”