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The death of Jeffrey Epstein: Fact, fiction, confusion and a warden reassigned

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Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking and allegedly sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida. USA TODAY

Conflicting information attempting to detail the final minutes of Jeffrey Epstein’s life emerged Tuesday as authorities sought to determine how the disgraced financier and registered sex offender managed to kill himself or otherwise die amid the tight security of a federal lockup.

CBS News reported that shouting and shrieking was heard from Epstein’s cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center on the morning he died. Guards attempted to revive Epstein while saying “Breathe, Epstein, breathe,” the news outlet reported – but cited no sources.

A lawyer for an inmate locked up a few cells away, however, said his client heard nothing out of the ordinary on Saturday morning.

“Nobody heard anything,” lawyer Bruce Barket told NBC News on Tuesday. “It was a silent act.”

Barket, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY,  represents Nicholas Tartaglione, a former upstate New York police officer awaiting trial on murder charges that could result in the death penalty. Tartaglione was a cellmate of Epstein, himself awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he was placed on suicide watch three weeks ago. He had been found in his cell with bruises on his neck, and attempted suicide was one possible explanation.

Epstein, 66, was later returned to the jail’s special housing unit but apparently had no cellmate. He was found “unresponsive in his cell shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday and was rushed to a hospital. Authorities have released few details on his death, but the MCC referred to it as an apparent suicide.

Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner, said an autopsy on Epstein was performed and that a ruling on the cause of death was pending.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that two staffers at the MCC were placed on leave and the warden was temporarily reassigned pending the outcome of investigations into Epstein’s death.

Guards on the unit are now suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were making the checks, another person familiar with the probe told The Associated Press.

In the past, guards at both federal and state prisons have faced criminal charges over false entries in duty logs that were discovered after something went wrong with a prisoner.

Surveillance video reviewed after the death showed guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, according to the person, who also wasn’t authorized to disclose information and spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

Death draws multiple investigations

Epstein’s death prompted outrage from victims, federal authorities and even Congress. Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” – and angered. The FBI and the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General are among agencies probing the incident.

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The House Judiciary Committee also is looking into the matter. On Monday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., sent the Bureau of Prisons’ acting director a letter with 23 questions about Epstein’s confinement and removal from suicide watch.

“The apparent suicide of this high-profile and – if allegations are proven to be accurate – particularly reprehensible individual while in the federal government’s custody demonstrates severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol and has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice,” the lawmakers said in their letter to Hugh Hurwitz.

Staffing at the MCC is an issue

Serene Gregg, president of the MCC’s prison workers’ union, says staffing vacancies force correctional officers to work three or four overtime shifts per week. Prison officials assign teachers, counselors and cooks to cover officer shifts, she said, adding that the workers who discovered Epstein on Saturday had not been routinely assigned to that area of the detention center.

A person familiar with the jail’s operations told The Associated Press that one guard in Epstein’s unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime.

How Epstein ended up in the MCC

Epstein was indicted last month on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy. The indictment alleged that Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes” in Manhattan, in Palm Beach, Florida, and elsewhere from 2002-2005. The indictment came 11 years after Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under 18 for prostitution. He was sentenced to 13 months in county jail and was granted 12 hours daily of work release to his plush Palm Beach offices.

That plea deal has drawn intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Alex Acosta, who was involved in the plea deal in 2008 when he was a U.S. attorney in Miami, was forced to resign as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary.

Trump and the conspiracy theory

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his weekend re-tweet of a Twitter post that appeared to link Epstein’s death to former President Bill Clinton. The post provided no evidence. “The retweet was from somebody that is a very respected conservative pundit so I think that was fine,” Trump told reporters, adding that “I want a full investigation.” 

Pal of the rich and famous

Epstein counted among his powerful connections former president Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump and Prince Andrew. Last week, thousands of pages of formerly sealed documents from a civil suit were unsealed that accuse rich and famous men, including Andrew, of having sex with an underage girl allegedly supplied by Epstein decades ago. Andrew has vigorously denied the claim.

In 2002, Trump weighed in on Epstein for New York magazine: “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said then. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

Sex trafficking probe will continue

Barr made it clear that the probe of Epstein’s behavior will continue. Additional victims have come forward since the earlier plea deal. Epstein’s victims deserve justice, and any co-conspirators involved in sex trafficking with the disgraced financier “should not rest easy,” Barr said.

Jack Scarola, a Florida attorney representing five of Epstein’s accusers, says one target for prosecution is Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite described in a civil case as a co-conspirator accused of recruiting girls to perform sex acts on Epstein and others.

“There is substantial evidence linking Ms. Maxwell to the recruiting, scheduling and the abuse of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage victims,” Scarola said.

Maxwell has not been charged with a crime, and she has denied wrongdoing. 

“We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability,” Barr said. “Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.”

Contributing: Kevin Johnson, David Jackson and Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY.

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Jeffrey Epstein Death: 2 Guards Fell Asleep, Failed to Do Checks

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Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs to show they were checking on him: report

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Guards at the New York City jail facility where Jeffrey Epstein is said to have killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on the alleged sex trafficker and other inmates with greater regularity than was the case, according to a Tuesday report.

Surveillance video reviewed after Epstein’s death shows guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not make some of the checks they claimed to have made in their logs, a source told the Associated Press.

GIULIANI: BARR’S GOING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS

The federal jail workers claimed they were checking on inmates in Epstein’s unit every half hour, but investigators now believe that was not the case. The Justice Department on Tuesday said that two guards assigned to watch Epstein had been placed on administrative leave.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN ‘SPECIAL OBSERVATION’ WATCH PROTOCOLS WENT UNHEEDED IN HOURS BEFORE DEATH: REPORTS

The latest revelation, first reported by CBS News, comes amid growing conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death as he awaited trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, allegations that could have landed him behind bars for 45 years.

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The 66-year-old disgraced financier was found hanging in his cell on Saturday after using a bedsheet tied to his bunk. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Many lawmakers and conspiracy theorists alike wonder how he could commit suicide inside the Special Housing Unit at the jail facility. Attorney General William Barr said Monday there were “serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning,” and said he was demanding “a thorough investigation.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

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San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs.

President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, the federal government plans to base decisions about permanent legal status on a wealth test: Poor immigrants would be denied if they are deemed likely to use programs like food stamps or subsidized housing, while wealthier immigrants designated as less likely to require public assistance would be approved.

In the lawsuit, filed in United States District Court in San Francisco, the counties say the rule would have a “chilling effect.” It would push many away from needed federal health care programs that also guard communities against disease, like the Zika virus. Local governments would have to provide similar services and pick up the costs, the lawsuit says.

“This illegal rule is yet another attempt to vilify immigrants,” Dennis Herrera, San Francisco’s city attorney, said in a statement Tuesday. “It makes it easier to unfairly target hard-working, lawful immigrants while sowing fear and confusion in our communities.

The rule’s announcement Monday prompted a swift backlash, and Tuesday’s lawsuit was not unexpected. Several advocacy groups called the policy cruel and several vowed to sue the federal government.

The Department of Justice declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday night.

The new rule is the Trump administration’s latest move to significantly overhaul the immigration system.

Under the rule, poor immigrants would be denied green cards if they are deemed likely to use government benefit programs like food stamps and subsidized housing. Officials would also consider an immigrant’s age, health, family status, assets, resources, financial status and education.

Officials would be given broad leeway to determine whether an immigrant is likely to use public benefits, to deny them a green card and to order them deported.

The rule would not apply to people who already have green cards, to certain members of the military, to refugees and asylum-seekers, or to pregnant women and children.

An applicant who speaks English, shows formal letters of support and has private health insurance would be more likely to be approved than someone whose financial situation suggests they would probably need housing vouchers or enroll in Medicaid in the future if they were given a green card.

In the Federal Register, officials with the Department of Homeland Security estimated that more than 382,000 immigrants seek an adjustment to their immigration status each year and would be subject to the public charge review. It is estimated by the government that more than 324,000 people in households with noncitizens would drop out of or not enroll in public benefit programs if the new rule went into effect.

Advocacy organizations, however, estimate that 26 million immigrants living in the United States legally would reconsider their use of government benefits because they might fear that accepting assistance could affect their ability to remain in the United States.

On Monday, when Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced the regulation, he said: “The benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens, as legal permanent residents first, who can stand on their own two feet, who will not be reliant on the welfare system, especially in the age of the modern welfare state which is so expansive and expensive.”

When the regulation was published in the Federal Register on Monday morning, it contained an acknowledgment of how contentious the debate over it has been. “While some commenters provided support for the rule,” it said, “the vast majority of commenters opposed the rule.”

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Utah girl, 14, dies during family vacation at Glacier National Park

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A 14-year-old girl vacationing with her family at Glacier National Park in Montana was killed Monday when rocks came tumbling down on their moving vehicle.

The family, from Utah, were riding on Going-to-the-Sun Road when a number of rocks rained down from the mountain and onto their vehicle at about 7 p.m., according to a Glacier National Park release.

The rocks, ranging from “fist-sized” to “12-inches in diameter,” landed on the roof and shattered the rear windshield, the release said.

The teen’s parents and two other children in the vehicle were also injured in the incident.

Paramedics attempted to take the girl to a hospital, but she died on the way there.

‘WATERMELON SNOW’ REPORTED AT THIS NATIONAL PARK  

Her parents, who suffered serious bruises, and the two other children were hospitalized.

Officials are withholding the victim’s name pending proper family notification.

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In 1996, another person was killed by a rockfall on the same road, the release said.

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Missouri police officer battling cancer leaves hospital to walk autistic son to first day of kindergarten

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A Missouri police officer fighting cancer had a special first-day-of-kindergarten surprise for his 5-year-old son battling autism.

Woodson Terrace Officer Andy Mattaline was overcome with emotion when doctors at Saint Louis University Hospital cleared him to leave in his wheelchair for a few hours to attend his son’s first day of school in the Rockwood School District.

“This is one of my biggest days and I just didn’t want to miss this,” Mattaline, who has been hospitalized and recovering from surgery for esophageal and stomach cancer, told FOX 2 of St. Louis about his son, Carmine. “He means the world to me. We’ve been through a lot together.”

36 NICU NURSES AT MISSOURI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL EXPECTING BABIES WITHIN MONTHS OF EACH OTHER

The surprise got even bigger when Mattaline was joined by more than 20 police officers from at least 10 departments who promised to step in and walk his son to school in the event that the father of two was too sick to make it himself.

Officers from nine other police departments — St. John, Bel-Bor, Breckenridge Hills, Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Warson Woods, Normandy, Webster Groves and St. Louis County — and deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office all participated in the first-day-of-school walk.

“I just love the support. … I can’t thank anybody enough,” Mattaline said.

“We’re friends but we’re family also,” Officer Chris Kaatman told FOX 2. “We want to do whatever we can to again make this day special for him and his family.”

It was an emotional moment for Andy’s wife, Mary, and their 3-year-old daughter, Evelyn, who had been preparing Carmine to cope with his autism in time for the first day of school.

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“It’s pretty amazing. It’s so touching to see everyone here and everyone that hears about Andy wants to be there for Carmine,” Mary Matteline said.

“I just can’t wait to release him into the world,” Andy Mattaline said. “To his first step to transition into becoming something we all want to see him flourish into.”

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Rudy Giuliani: Jeffrey Epstein death ‘completely incredible’

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Speaking with intimate knowledge of the lockup where Jeffrey Epstein was held, ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he considers the financier’s death perplexing.

Giuliani said Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle” he knew the setup of the floor the convicted sex offender was held on and had been inside the facility at least 20 times in his former roles as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

“I don’t like conspiracy theories,” Giuliani told guest host Jesse Watters. “I don’t think we should engage in them yet because we need to know the facts, but the whole thing is completely incredible to me.”

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Giuliani said Epstein, whose private island, Little Saint James, U.S.V.I., was recently raided by federal agents, was the, “most high-risk prisoner in that facility” and should have been better monitored.

“I’ve been in [the Metropolitan Correctional Center] probably 20 times as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer,” he recalled. “I watched it being built.”

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“He was virtually unprotected,” the personal attorney to President Trump added.

Giuliani claimed there were several potential ways Epstein could have been killed, if not for his apparent suicide.

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“He could kill himself, prisoners could kill him because they don’t like alleged perverts … and don’t like people who might cooperate,” he said.

However, the ex-mayor said he is very hopeful the federal government will get to the bottom of the alleged sex trafficker’s death.

“I have tremendous confidence in Attorney General Barr,” he said.

Epstein was reportedly on “special observation watch” at the time of his apparent suicide Saturday morning, but the stringent protocols associated with the watch were not followed, officials said, revealing yet another apparent procedural lapse at the Manhattan lockup — which on Tuesday afternoon was assigned a new warden “pending the outcome of the investigations” into the financier’s death.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Immigration official Ken Cuccinelli: Statue of Liberty poem refers to immigrants from Europe

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WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday evening doubled down on his characterization of the famous Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty sonnet, saying the poem was referring mostly to immigrants coming from Europe.

Cuccinelli early Tuesday made headlines after he gave his own revised version of the famous poem, “The New Colossus,” when asked whether it would still be a part of the American ethos once the new rule was implemented.

The question was prompted by the White House’s “public charge” rule announced Monday that could disqualify many indigent immigrants from entering the U.S.

“Give me your tired, your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,” he said Tuesday morning during an interview with NPR. “That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the first time the first public charge law was passed.” 

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The actual text of the poem reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

During an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday evening, Cuccinelli maintained that he “wasn’t writing poetry” and was “answering a question.”

When asked what he thinks America stands for, Cuccinelli said that the poem was referencing immigrants coming from Europe.

“Of course that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe where they had class-based societies, where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class,” he said.

“It was written one year, one year, after the first federal public charge rule was written that says ‘any person unable to take care of himself without being a public charge’ would be inadmissible,” he continued.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France following the American Civil War and abolition of slavery. It was proposed by Edouard de Laboulaye, who was a French political thinker and abolitionist, who wanted to “commemorate the perseverance of freedom and democracy in the United States and to honor the work of the late president Abraham Lincoln,” according to the National Park Service.

Almost 14 million immigrated to the United States through New York between the late 1800s to the 1920s, and saw the Statue of Liberty as a “welcome,” the NPS wrote online, adding “Over time, Liberty emerged as the ‘Mother of Exiles,’ a symbol of hope to generations of immigrants.” The immigrants at the time were mostly coming from Europe.

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Cuccinelli’s comment drew criticism online from pundits and politicians, who said it reinforced what some see as the Trump administration’s preference for white immigrants over black and brown immigrants when it comes to legal immigration to the U.S.

President Donald Trump has been criticized for his rhetoric towards Latino immigrants, oftentimes using negative or pejorative language to describe them. But, Trump has repeatedly said he is not a racist.

“This administration finally admitted what we’ve known all along: They think the Statue of Liberty only applies to white people,” 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke tweeted.

O’Rourke has repeatedly called Trump racist and has also said he believes the president is a white supremacist, especially since a mass shooting in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, where the alleged shooter was targeting Latinos, according to law enforcement. Authorities also linked the suspect to a manifesto that denounced a Hispanic “invasion,” a word that Trump has used to discuss and describe Latino migrants from Mexico and Central America many of whom are seeking asylum in the U.S.

Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell tweeted that Cuccinelli said “the quiet part out loud.”

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, also responded to Cuccinelli’s comments, tweeting: “Looks like they had a meeting and decided to make racism the main theme of the re-elect.” 

In a subsequent tweet, the senator had another response to Cuccinelli and the administration’s newly announced “public charge” rule: “The whole point is you come here with nothing and build something.”

Contributing: Nicholas Wu

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FDNY reviews reports of Epstein death leaked on 4Chan

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The Fire Department of New York told Fox News on Tuesday that it looked into online leaks of information related to the death of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein — but concluded that the leaks “did not come from the Department.”

“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” an anonymous person posted on the message board 4Chan at 8:16 a.m. Saturday, almost 40 minutes before officials confirmed initial media reports of the disgraced multimillionaire’s apparent suicide inside his Manhattan jail cell.

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The post’s author, who appeared to be a first responder, medical worker or someone else involved in the initial response at the jail, later released more details about efforts to resuscitate Epstein.

“Worked asystole arrest for 40 minutes, als[o] intubated in the field/epi/2 liters NS infused. Telemetry advised bicarb and D50 in the field. Pt transported to Lower Manhattan ER and worked for 20 minutes and called. Hospital administrator was alerted, preparing statements,” the follow-up post said.

Dr. Keith Wesley, an emergency medicine physician, told BuzzFeed News that “Telemetry” “implies the paramedics were in contact with a medical control hospital who then gave orders to give Sodium Bicarbonate, bicarb which is designed to reverse the acid buildup in the blood from prolonged cardiac arrest.”

“The FDNY reviewed the alleged information and determined it did not come from the Department,” an FDNY spokesperson told Fox News. “At no time was there an investigation.”

Mystery and incredulity shrouded the death of Epstein, 66, whom federal prosecutors in New York had charged with multiple counts of sex-trafficking and misconduct. Authorities alleged he paid girls as young as 14 hundreds of dollars for massages before molesting them at his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 through 2005.

Many lawmakers and conspiracy theorists alike wonder how he could commit suicide inside the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Attorney General William Barr said Monday there were “serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning,” and said he was demanding “a thorough investigation.”

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“The FBI and the Office of the Inspector General are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” Barr said.

An autopsy was performed Sunday but the cause of death was not revealed pending the results of other investigations.

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.

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Ken Cuccinelli: Statue Of Liberty Poem About ‘People Coming From Europe’

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Ken Cuccinelli, the Trump administration’s acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, reinforced his controversial interpretation of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty ― this time giving it a racist twist. 

CNN journalist Erin Burnett was asking Cuccinelli about his earlier interview with NPR, in which he reworded the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus,” saying: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge.” 

“‘Wretched,’ ‘poor,’ refuse’ – right? That’s what the poem says America is supposed to stand for. So what do you think America stands for?” Burnett asked Cuccinelli.

“Well, of course, that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe,” Cucinelli answered, “where they had class-based societies, where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class … And it was written one year after the first federal public charge rule was written.” 

It is unclear why Cucinelli felt the need to specify the group of immigrants Lazarus was referring to. The poem itself describes the Statue of Liberty by saying, “From her beacon-hand/ Glows world-wide welcome.” USCIS did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. 

Cuccinelli was on NPR defending the Trump administration’s controversial new rule effectively barring legal immigrants who are on government benefits, like food stamps and Medicaid, from becoming permanent residents. 

After his remarks on NPR, HuffPost spoke to Annie Polland, a historian and director of the organization that has the original manuscript of Lazarus’ poem.  

“To see how something so expressive of the country’s greatest ideals, to see how it could be so contorted or distorted, is really, I think, dismay is the only word,” said Polland, the executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, adding that she was “not surprised because we’ve been hearing these sentiments more than we have in the past.”

Lazarus originally wrote the poem in 1883 and it was added to the statue in 1903. Since then, the poem has become a symbol of the United States’ history of immigration.  

Polland argued that the poem “is as much about who America or what America should be, as it is about immigrants,” adding that “in many ways, America defines itself by how it’s welcoming immigrants.”

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