The Trump administration issued a rule change that gives the feds the ability to deny green cards to immigrants that rely on government aid. Officials said the new “public charge” rule-change will ensure that people granted permanent residency are self-sufficient enough to help the American economy.
“The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli told Fox News.
“It’s a core principle — the American Dream itself — and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it’s central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s.”
“It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done,” he said. “It’s not only a recipe for their success, but for America’s success growing out of our immigration system.”
The new rule update will expand the grounds that federal officials can use to ban people from becoming permanent residents if they are on public aid. The law will define a “public charge” as an immigrant that receives public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.
The benefits that are included are Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and some forms of Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Trump administration will also be expanding these rule changes to the State Department and Border Patrol.
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