Donald Trump’s administration has decided to deny new green cards to immigrants who’ve used a range of public benefits like food assistance and housing vouchers. It broadens a 1999 rule that sought to withhold green cards from immigrants deemed likely to become dependent on government cash assistance, to for the first time include non-cash programs.
Under new rules proposed by the Trump administration, the proposal, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” will be posted in the Federal Register in the coming weeks and subject to a 60-day public comment period.
It’s the latest move by President Donald Trump to crack down on immigration, both legal and illegal. Earlier this month, the US announced it would cap the number of refugees admitted to the US in 2019 at 30,000, the lowest ceiling since Washington created a refugee program almost four decades ago.
“Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” said Department of Homeland secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement announcing the new rule.
The new rule is expected to affect around 3,82,000 people according to US media reports and will be notified in the country’s official gazette and will be open for public comments for 60 days.