Trump Admin to Block Illegals Who Seek Welfare Benefits

Trump Admin to Block Illegals Who Seek Welfare Benefits

Trump Admin to Block Illegals Who Seek Welfare Benefits

In a news conference at the White House, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the rule change puts "meat on the bones" of a 1996 rule that says immigration officials can take into account whether migrants applying for "green cards" have ever used taxpayer-funded public assistance.

This rule will cover nearly 400,000 people per year whose applications to become legal permanent residents will include a meaningful analysis of whether they are likely to become a public charge or not.

While the Trump administration has said that its rule change would not affect non-U.S. citizens who are already permanent residents in the USA, researchers found evidence of a "chilling effect" even among that group.

Immigrant rights groups are blasting the Trump administration's new rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use forms of public assistance like food stamps or Medicaid.

He added that it may not be the immigrants' fault that they were dependent on public services, but that it was a drain on US taxpayers nonetheless as a result of bad immigration policies that encouraged them to come. "We will continue fighting to #ProtectFamilies", tweeted Representative Donna Shalala.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump also issued a memorandum doubling down on a current law that requires immigrants' sponsors to take financial responsibility for certain income-based government benefits the immigrant receives.

The State Department already changed its foreign affairs manual in January 2018 to give diplomats wider discretion in deciding visa denials on public-charge grounds.

Other critics of the rule worry that it will have a chilling effect on immigrants using public assistance programs that they need for fear that it will hurt their chances of getting a green card.

Detailed in a more than 800-page-long document, the measure would ask immigration caseworkers to consider immigrants' use of government benefits, including housing, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to determine whether they will be a "burden" on the country.

The DHS estimate was far lower than an analysis by Boundless Immigration, a tech company that shepherds immigration through the USA immigration system. "This rule directly challenges who Texas is today", Dunkelburg said.

As many as 78 per cent of households headed by a non-citizen with no more than a high school education use at least one welfare program. "The basic idea is we shouldn't be letting people move here that can't pay their own bills".

"A lot of people aren't even close", he explained". In a Monday statement, the group calls the new rules an attempt to redefine the legal immigration system "in order to disenfranchise communities of color and favor the wealthy". "The Trump Administration can't blow its nose without the resistance judiciary saying he's not allowed to do it", says Krikorian.

The regulations do not apply to vulnerable populations seeking asylum or refugee status in the United States, victims of severe human trafficking, or victims of domestic violence applying for green cards under the Violence Against Women Act, per a USCIS fact sheet.

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