Trump Admin to Deny Green Cards to Immigrants Who Use Welfare Benefits

The Trump administration is putting into place a new rule that excludes those immigrants who have used welfare benefits from obtaining a green card, according to the Federal Register

“This final rule amends DHS regulations by prescribing how DHS will determine whether an alien applying for admission or adjustment of status is inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA or the Act), because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge,” the document said.

“[T]his rule includes a requirement that aliens seeking an extension of stay or change of status demonstrate that they have not, since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or change, received public benefits over the designated threshold, as defined in this rule,” it continued.

The rule is set to go into effect in late October.

The most recent attempt by the Trump administration to curb illegal immigration is meant to deter those who seek only to come to America for its public benefits from entering the country in the first place.

“The Trump Administration is releasing a final rule that will protect American taxpayers, preserve our social safety net for vulnerable Americans, and uphold the rule of law,” according to a White House statement. “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.”

In the 1990’s president Bill Clinton signed two pieces of bi-partisan legislation denying public benefits to new immigrants. Those laws are still on the books, but neither have been enforced for several years.

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