Hiking before the storm
And where was Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, literally hours before making headlines for revising the iconic poem on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, suggesting only immigrants who can “stand on their own two feet” are welcome in the United States?
He was hiking Sunday afternoon along the Whiteoak Canyon Trail in Shenandoah National Park, going so far as to stand with several of his children atop a precarious boulder high above the canyon’s 60-foot waterfall as their picture was being taken from the pool of water below.
“Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus's words etched on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, give me your poor,’ are also a part of the American ethos?” Cuccinelli was asked by NPR following his White House briefing Monday on the new “public charge” rule that allows Uncle Sam to consider education and income while reviewing requests for visas and green cards.
“They certainly are: ‘Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,’” he replied.
A former state senator who served as attorney general of Virginia from 2010 to 2014, Cuccinelli made a point of telling the Rappahannock News during his hike that Monday would be a big day. He said he and his wife, Alice, and their seven children continue to make their home in Nokesville.