Trump administration could institute rule that would limit legal immigration

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2019

But in New York City, where almost 20% of the population relies on SNAP benefits to help feed their families, officials have found that twice as many "eligible noncitizen New Yorkers are either withdrawing from or not enrolling in SNAP" than eligible USA citizens, particularly in the past two years as rumors of the coming public charge rule have circulated, according to an analysis by the New York City Department of Social Services and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Trump administration has ruled that the USA could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance, a rule now going into effect.

Cuccinelli was also asked about the inscription at the White House on Monday and said: "I do not think, by any means, we are ready to take anything off the Statue of Liberty".

"Throughout our history, self-sufficiency has been a core tenet of the American dream", Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the USCIS, said in a statement on the announcement.


The rule is prospective, and will only apply to applications starting October 1.

"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. The definition of public benefits is cash aide including Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), most forms of Medicaid, and a variety of public housing programs, the fact sheet said.

The ruling could impact some 22 million non-citizen legal residents of the country, and the estimated 10.5 million unauthorised immigrants, most of them-long-term residents.

"Legal. Undocumented. Refugee. Asylum Seeker".


Marielena Hincapie, of the National Immigration Law Center, described the proposed policy change as "President Trump's attempts to fundamentally transform our immigration system to favor the wealthy".

The new rule is derived from the Immigration Act of 1882, which allows the USA government to deny a visa to anyone likely to become a "public charge".

There are exceptions to the rule, such as benefits received by active duty member of the military, Medicaid for pregnant women, children under 21 years old, and emergency medical care. It's unclear whether enforcing the law would make any substantial difference.

"The important thing to note here is that the vast majority of people affected by the public charge rule will have never used public benefits and probably never will - they will be rejected under the "prospective" criteria that demand English proficiency, small family size, middle-class income, etc", he added.


Recently, the Trump administration increased the threshold for a category of legal immigration that was called the "millionaire's visa", E-B5, under which a foreigner can become eligible for a Green Card by investing a certain some of money in creating employment in the USA - from $1 million to $1.8 million, and from $500,000 to $900,000.

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