Speaking to NPR, he rewroteEmma Lazarus' famous 1883 poem that appears on the Statue of Liberty.
Critics have said the laws are at odds with the poem's message, which has been etched into a bronze plaque on the Statue of Liberty, an iconic NY monument that greeted migrants from overseas before they debarked on Ellis Island. "That is simply unacceptable", Becerra said in prepared remarks.
Trump's new final rule on the matter of resident aliens receiving federal monetary aid programs is consistent with the President's attitude toward immigration during his presidential campaign and administration. He's added another layer of certainty that the 2020 campaign will be deeply rooted in a cultural battle over national identity.
The new White House rule affects immigrants who receive food stamps, public health care and other assistance. "I do not think, by any means, we're ready to take anything off the Statue of Liberty".
Trump has denied using that language and said he wanted immigrants to come the United States from all nations.
The rule is already causing some immigrants to stop going to the doctor for fear that could be used against them when applying for a green card, some health providers and immigrant advocacy groups say. The latter can eventually lead to deportation but applicants can appeal the decisions. Canadian and Austrian applicants could likely benefit, as could applicants from non-white countries like India and Japan.
"If people are not able to be self-sufficient, then this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against them in a decision about whether they'll be able to become a legal permanent resident", he said during a briefing earlier this month. The agencies scheduled the rule to go into effect in October, 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. Although DHS would have some discretion over when to label someone as a likelypublic charge, those who are branded as such could eventually end up on track to deportation-which could result in a greater public cost if a family is left impoverished after the removal of a primary breadwinner. And Trump has continued to push that message.
The new rule will not be applied to those with official refugee status or to those seeking political asylum in the U.S. It says the rule is arbitrary and capricious because it punishes immigrants for using common public benefits programs.
Leon Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama administration, said the case could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
"The principle driving it is an old American value and that's self-sufficiency", Cuccinelli said in a Fox News interview.
Ken Cuccinelli (koo-chih-NEHL'-ee) said Tuesday on CNN that the poem referred to Europeans coming from "class-based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren't in the right class".
The denial of citizenship to those who could be perceived as a "burden on society" is nothing new.