Published: Mon, August 12, 2019

Immigrants must be financially self-sufficient says Trump administration or face consequences

Immigrants must be financially self-sufficient says Trump administration or face consequences

He added, "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". "President Trump is enforcing this longstanding law to prevent aliens from depending on public benefit programs", the White House said, adding that the Immigration and Nationality Act makes clear that those seeking to come to the United States can not be a public charge.

Other parts of the Trump administration have taken or are contemplating similar approaches to penalize immigrants' use of public assistance.

He has pledged to build a wall along the USA southern border with Mexico - initially saying Mexico would pay for it - and has pressed for changes to immigration laws. Asked if this public rule charge is an admission from the administration that congressional action is moot, Cuccinelli said, "absolutely not", and this policy change isn't a substitute for congressional action.

The new rule was issued by the Department of Homeland Security specifying that green cards - legal permanent residency - would be denied if those seeking it can not convince the consular officer that they will never use programs that the USA government doles out for its citizens.


The rule will be dated August 14 in the Federal Register and will go into effect 60 days later.

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 US 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.

The Trump administration announced a new rule on Monday that could curb legal immigration by limiting who is allowed into the United States based on whether they are "self-sufficient", according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. On Monday, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli announced the final rule, which makes it easier for green cards and visa applications to be rejected. Cuccinelli says he's "certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty".

While the Trump administration has said that its rule change would not affect non-U.S. citizens who are already permanent residents in the US, researchers found evidence of a "chilling effect" even among that group. Trump has denied using that language and said he wanted immigrants to come the United States from all nations. "Through the enforcement of the public charge inadmissibility law, we will promote these long-standing ideals and immigrant success". In the 2018 fiscal year, which ended last September, the number of visas denied on those grounds quadrupled compared to the previous year.

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