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Sun Aug 18, 2019, 02:18 PM

State AG's suit respects law and immigrants

By The Herald Editorial Board

As he has numerous times since the beginning of the Trump administration, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson again is challenging White House policy that attempts to govern by fiat — and prejudice — rather than rule of law.

This time it’s a change to the “public charge” rule that seeks to discourage or disqualify nearly a quarter of this state’s 1 million legal immigrants — those here on visas or under other legal status — from using public aid in the form of food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicaid coverage, threatening to disqualify them from future consideration for permanent residency and citizenship if they apply for or use that assistance.

Nationwide, the rule change is expected to affect about 26 million immigrants legally in the country when it takes effect in October.

The change was defended last week by acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, who in an interview with National Public Radio rewrote the invitation in Emma Lazarus’ poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty to read: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”

A day later he expanded on the poem’s intention, claiming the poem’s welcome to “huddled masses” referred to “people coming from Europe.”

If Lady Liberty doesn’t have a preference for wealthy, white Europeans, the Trump administration does.

Regardless of the accuracy of Cuccinelli’s literary critique, the Trump administration’s policy change and its justifications for it represent a gross misunderstanding of immigration and the efforts necessary to build new lives in this country, but it also represents a lack of knowledge regarding poverty and how it is best fought.

All of which makes Ferguson’s lawsuit, joined by 12 other states’ attorneys general, necessary.



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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 04:28 PM


Non Christians in this country like real republicans who do not have morals or ethics and they like this type of horrible news. Republicans purposely cause depressions or recessions so they can hurt poor people. The more people they hurt the happier the satanic republican turds become. They are happy when people die in wars so they like the USA in wars where they sit and watch others die and suffer........

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