A New Trump Policy Could Deny Green Cards to Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits

The Trump administration introduced a sweeping policy Monday that will allow the government to deny permanent residency to immigrants who use or are likely to use public benefits, such as food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicaid.

The policy will take effect in about two months, according to the policy published in the Federal Register. The proposed version of the rule was released in September, and it received more than 260,000 public comments online, many of which were critical. . .

The Immigration and Nationality Act has long allowed the government to reject granting permanent residency to immigrants who were determined to be a financial burden on society or a “public charge” — meaning they’re dependent on the government for financial support.

The new rule would alter how the government decides if someone is a public charge, allowing officials to deny green cards to those who have used or will likely use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP food stamps], Section 8 housing vouchers and assistance, public housing, or most forms of Medicaid.

“This rule is the administration’s attempt to unilaterally implement a broad immigration reform. It will likely shift immigration away from Latin America and towards Europe, while disproportionately disadvantaging women, children, and the elderly,” said Sarah Pierce, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. (Read more from “A New Trump Policy Could Deny Green Cards to Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits” HERE)

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