White House Makes Major Move To Get Migrants Off Of Public Benefits

The Trump administration will soon be enforcing a rule that will bar migrants who receive a certain number of public programs from obtaining a green card.

President Trump announced the decision on Monday, saying: “To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.”

“We must ensure that non-citizens do not abuse our public benefit programs and jeopardize the social safety net needed by vulnerable Americans,” Trump added.

As BizPac Review reports, Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli said during a presser on Monday that should a migrant receive more than one public benefit, which includes receiving “general assistance, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), most forms of Medicaid, and subsidized housing,” they will be considered a “public charge,” under the program.

This status, Cuccinelli said, could stop the migrant’s application to legally enter the United States.

From the White House:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • An alien who receives public benefits above a certain threshold is known as a “public charge.”

    • Aliens will be barred from entering the United States if they are found likely to become public charges.
    • Aliens in the United States who are found likely to become public charges will also be barred from adjusting their immigration status.
  • President Trump is enforcing this longstanding law to prevent aliens from depending on public benefit programs.

    • The Immigration and Nationality Act makes clear that those seeking to come to the United States cannot be a public charge.

Here’s more, from BizPac Review:

First saying that the public charge rule was actually first introduced by Congress long before Trump took office, but it was never properly defined or implemented, Cuccinelli said consideration for green cards and residency in the United States will now be determined based on a person’s potential to be either self-sufficient or a “public charge,” meaning living off of multiple government benefits.

Also weighed in each individual’s application to enter the United States will be that person’s “age, health, family status, education, and skills.” Their “financial assets” will also be a factor.

Cuccinelli described the application process now as a “totality of circumstances test.” All of the factors described by Cuccinelli will be weighed when processing someone’s application to legally enter the United States. No one factor will determine if a person is approved or denied.

According to the report, the rule will be enacted on October 15 of this year.


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