New Trump administration rule will limit legal immigration
The Trump administration Monday is moving forward with one of its hardest-hitting rule to limit legal immigration to the United States. It is acting to ensure that non-citizens are self-sufficient and not a strain on public resources, according to a White House statement.
The new rule targets those who enter the U.S. legally and are seeking permanent status. “They must support themselves, and not rely on public benefits,” said the White House statement.
Under the new regulation, the U.S. government can deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers, or other forms of public assistance.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will now consider public assistance to include education, household income, and health to determine whether to grant legal status.
President Donald J. Trump says “to protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” in a White House statement issued on August 12.
“This action will help ensure that if aliens want to enter or remain in the United States, they must support themselves, and not rely on public benefits,” said the White House statement.
Cuccinelli says the new rule applies to everyone. “So there's no reason for any particular group to feel like this is targeting them. This will apply across the world.”