The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications.
Paired with last week’s enforcement raids on food processing plants in Mississippi, Monday’s announcement amounts to a concerted effort by the administration to limit legal immigration and crack down on illegal immigration. The 837-page rule applies to those seeking to come to or remain in the United States via legal channels.
The so-called public charge rule is designed to ensure immigrants can support themselves financially. In doing so, though, it’ll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.
Fox News reports:
Officials described the so-called “public charge” rule as a way to ensure those granted permanent residency are self-sufficient — and protect taxpayers in the process.
“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 in an interview.
“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.”
Acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services office Ken Cuccinelli: “President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 12, 2019
The cruelty is the point. https://t.co/m0n1NmIjX2
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) August 12, 2019
Immigrants legally in the U.S. would be ineligible for green cards if they use social programs like Medicaid, housing assistance or food stamps, via @louiseradnofsky & @AndrewRestucciahttps://t.co/Z1PON422ym
— katie honan (@katie_honan) August 12, 2019
Trump Administration makes legal immigrants who draw from social programs ineligible for green card / Absurd! If they are here legally they qualify for certain programs. https://t.co/0MVZdYqOGK
— Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) August 12, 2019