Trump Admin Creates New Rule to Penalize Green Card Seeking Immigrants Receiving Public Assistance

The Trump administration has approved a new rule that will penalize immigrants who are seeking a green card if they are on any public assistance programs like welfare or food stamps.

This is a very logical rule. After all, the whole point for immigration has always been what is good for THIS country, not what is good for any particular immigrant.

We accept immigrants into the U.S. based on what they can do to add to our society. We are not a giant welfare program for the world. We want people who will add something useful to America, but if they are already taking welfare, they clearly are not a plus for the U.S.

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We don’t want people who are only coming here to steal away our social programs for themselves.

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That is what this new rule does. It helps make sure only people worthy of being given more permanent status should try to apply to gain that status.

According to Daily Caller:

The Trump administration announced a new “public charge” rule Monday, which takes into account immigrants’ use of government benefits when deciding whether to award them permanent status.

“President Trump has delivered on his promise to the American people to enforce long-standing immigration law by defining the public charge inadmissibility ground that has been on the books for years,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said Monday when revealing the rule change. “Through the enforcement of the public charge inadmissibility law, we will promote these long-standing ideals and immigrant success.”

Going forward, the application of a legal immigrant who is looking for some form of more permanent status (such as a green card) will find his application penalized if he is already proving to be a drag on society by being on welfare.

“The rule change, which is expected to apply to hundreds of thousands of applicants a year, is part of the Trump administration’s long-sought effort to deter migrants who are dependent on government services from entering and remaining in the U.S.,” Daily Caller added. “The number of immigrant visa details has already risen demonstrably this fiscal year compared to former President Barack Obama’s final year in the Oval Office.”

Cuccinelli also pointed out that this new rule isn’t meant to “target” poor people.

“President Trump’s public charge inadmissibility rule better ensures that immigrants are able to successfully support themselves as they seek opportunity here in America,” the former Virginia Governor and USCIS chief said Monday. “A poor person can be prepared to be self-sufficient. Many have been through the history of this country. So let’s not look at that as the be-all and end-all. It’s not the deciding factor, which is why we continue to use the totality of circumstances test.”

The new rule will take effect on October 15.

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