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New Rules: Green Cards Can Be Denied Immigrants Using Welfare

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 8:35 am

[guest post by Dana]

Per the administration, it’s a move toward “self-sufficiency”:

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the U.S. — a “public charge” —but the new rules detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Much of President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on illegal immigration has been in the spotlight, but this rule change targets people who entered the United States legally and are seeking permanent status. It’s part of a push to move the U.S. to a system that focuses on immigrants’ skills instead of emphasizing the reunification of families.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will now weigh public assistance along with other factors such as education, household income and health to determine whether to grant legal status.

They don’t apply to U.S. citizens, even if the U.S. citizen is related to an immigrant who is subject to them.

According to Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,:

…the purpose of the rule is to promote “self-sufficiency” among the immigrant population.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is re-enforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” he said.

Asked about the impact on the poor, Cuccinelli said: “We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet.”

And there is this:

Homeland Security officials say they made a series of changes to the proposed rules following 266,000 public comments.

The new rules go into effect this October.



  1. I guess they could work illegally in order to get off welfare . . .

    Comment by Another James — 8/12/2019 @ 10:59 am

  2. Sounds like simple common sense to me; of course we don’t want people who are going to be a burden on taxpayers.

    My only criticism; why did it take so long to get this done?

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/13/2019 @ 7:13 pm

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