U.S. may restrict Green Cards to aid recipients in new crackdown


U.S. may restrict Green Cards to aid recipients in new crackdown

BREAKING: President Trump just announced a devastating new proposed regulation that would harm countless immigrant families & all of our nation's communities. "For at least a century, US law has sought to exclude immigrants who are likely to become a "public charge.' And the Trump administration says it is simply enforcing that law", Rose said".

U.S. immigrants who get public benefits like food stamps or housing vouchers could be denied green cards, under a new proposal from President Donald Trump's administration.

With the objective of making immigration even tougher, the Trump administration has said that it is mulling the idea to make it hard for foreigners to come to the United States.

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In making this determination, DHS is proposing to consider current and past receipt of designated public benefits above certain thresholds as a heavily weighed negative factor. But immigration officials now are only allowed to consider families' use of public cash benefits and Medicaid long-term-care benefits in evaluating applications for legal permanent residency and legal entry into the United States.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the department is welcoming public comment on the proposal.

The changes would apply to those seeking visas or legal permanent residency but not people applying for US citizenship.

"The AP notes that federal law already mandates that immigrants prove they won't be a "public charge", though use of public assistance wasn't a disqualifier; the Trump administration, vis a vis Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, frames the move as "(implementing) a law passed by Congress meant to promote immigrant self-sufficiency". Healthcare leaders and advocacy groups say the proposed changes would have a massive impact on health-related services for low-income children and families.

The administration estimated the regulations would affect about 382,000 people a year.

The term "public charge" as applied to admission of aliens to the United States has a long history in US immigration law, appearing at least as far back as the Immigration Act of 1882. In 2016, there were 10.4 million citizen children with at least one parent who isn't a citizen, and 56% had Medicaid or CHIP coverage.

Marielena Hincapie of the National Immigration Law Center said how a person contributes to their community, not the contents of their wallet, should be what matters the most.

As the Washington Post reported, the immigrants receive government benefits at about the same rate as Americans born in the United States.

For decades, immigration officials have considered applicants' financial status in deciding whether to permit them entry, but the new rules are significantly stricter.

The proposed policy will cause immigrants to be "hungrier, sicker and poorer", Olivia Golden, the executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, told USA Today.



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