Compassion | New rule could keep immigrants who receive welfare from getting their green cards
by Charissa Koh & Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/21/19, 04:11 pm
When Emma Lazarus wrote her iconic poem “The New Colossus” in the 19th century, no public welfare system existed in the United States to help needy immigrants. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” she wrote, with no expectation that the tired, poor, huddled masses would get a handout from the government.