United States could deny green card to immigrants using public benefits

United States could deny green card to immigrants using public benefits

The long-anticipated public charge rule makes it more hard for immigrants who rely on government assistance like Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps to obtain legal status. Asylum-seekers, refugees and service members are among those who will be not affected by the policy change.

It also appeared to close the door for impoverished and low-skilled migrants outside the country hoping to legally obtain a foothold in the United States.

The Trump administration has released the final version of its controversial "public charge" rule-the latest measure in the government's ongoing hardline crackdown on immigration in the U.S. He said that through the enforcement of the public charge inadmissibility law, "we will promote these long-standing ideals and immigrant success". But the new policy rule alters and expands what factors determine if an immigrant is or will be defined as a public charge.

The rules are among President Donald Trump's most aggressive efforts to curb legal immigration, part of an overall attempt to restrict immigration and benefits in the U.S. They were met with much criticism when they were proposed last fall.

They also said it would penalize even hard-working immigrants who only need a small bit of temporary assistance from the government. This is racist policy.

Cuccinelli told reporters Monday the rule change would benefit taxpayers and immigrants, who he said would be able to "stand on their own two feet" and not rely on a "welfare state".

Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. A July 2019 Urban Institute study found that almost one in seven adults in immigrant families reported that they or a family member did not participate in a non-cash government benefit program in 2018 because they didn't want to risk their ability to get a green card as the administration considered this new rule.

Cuccinelli stressed that the new rules did not apply to public assistance programs for children or pregnant women, or emergency room care.

It is likely to impact Indians even though majority are in the United States either on short-term work visas such as the H-1B and on F-1 visas for students, and are able to take care of themselves without assistance from the government.

Advocacy organizations and legal expertshave warnedthat the Trump administration's rule - which theNew York Timesdescribedas a "top priority" of Miller - could force low-income immigrants to choose between vital public assistance programs and the security of permanent residency. Immigrants "most commonly" avoided signing up for SNAP benefits and Medicaid because of the rule, the report 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.

"We're not able to give preference to a doctor, a researcher, a student who graduated number one in his class from the finest colleges in the world - anybody".

The new rule - from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security - focuses on the obscure definition of what it means to be a "public charge", or someone dependent of U.S. government benefits, and who is "likely" to become one.

Before the finalized rule was announced Monday, the National WIC Association, which advocates for state offices that oversee the federally funded USDA program that offers food and health care services to pregnant and postpartum women, as well as infants and young children who face food insecurity, said they had already seen "a staggering number of reports" of women and their USA citizen children dropping out of the WIC program.

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