WASHINGTON (PM) — The Trump administration published a regulation Monday that could dramatically curtail the number of legal immigrants permitted to enter and visit in the US by making it simpler to deny green card and visa applications.
Joined with last week’s enforcement sweeps on food processing plants in Mississippi, Monday’s statement amounts to a combined effort by the administration to restrict legal immigration and crackdown on undocumented immigration.
The public charge edict is intended to guarantee immigrants can sustain themselves financially. In doing so, though, it’ll likely make it difficult for low-income immigrants to come to the US.
Under current regulations put in place in 1996, the term is interpreted as someone who is “primarily dependent” on government assistance, meaning it supplies more than half their earnings. But it only calculated cash benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income from Social Security.
Immigrant advocates have claimed that the rule, as it was proposed, stretched far beyond what Congress intended and would discriminate against those from more impoverished countries, keep families apart and provoke legal residents to sacrifice needed public aid, which could also affect their US citizen kids.
About one in seven adults in immigrant families stated that either the person or a family member did not partake in a non-cash safety net program in 2018 due to fear of jeopardizing their green card status in the future, an Urban Institute study determined.
The rule means numerous green card and visa applicants could be refused if they have weak incomes or limited education because they’d be deemed more inclined to require government assistance in the future. It would take effect 60 days after it is issued in the Federal Register Tuesday, putting the slated timing of the rule going into effect in early/mid-September or early October.