Likely need for public aid could keep migrants out

The Department of Homeland Security proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid food stamps housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance

US Agency Proposes Curb on Immigrants Seeking Public Assistance

With the objective of making immigration even tougher, the Trump administration has said that it is mulling the idea to make it hard for foreigners to come to the United States.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the department is welcoming public comment on the proposal. But immigration officials now are only allowed to consider families' use of public cash benefits and Medicaid long-term-care benefits in evaluating applications for legal permanent residency and legal entry into the United States. The proposal could make it harder for immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they are deemed likely to become a "public charge", in other words, a new "burden" for American taxpayers and can potentially be dependent on government assistance.

Immigrant advocates have criticized the administration's plan, which was first reported by Reuters in February when it was in an early draft form, saying that it is an effort to cut legal immigration without going through Congress to change us law.

Immigrants who use or are likely to use public assistance programs will have a tougher time getting into the country under a new proposal by the Trump administration.

Thus, immigrants may refuse to issue visas or residence permit in case these people use the help of the state, or, in the opinion of the USA government may do in the future.

The possible new restriction on migration policy was proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday.

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. Under state aid refers to food stamps, subsidies for medicines under the program of health services Medicaid and Medicare Part D and temporary assistance for poor families.

As of April, there were 632,219 Indian immigrants and their spouses and minor children waiting for green cards.

The administration of U.S. President Donald trump has proposed to tighten the requirements for immigrants to refuse to issue green cards to those who receive certain benefits. The regulations are an especially potent brew for Republicans, as they take aim at both immigrants and those who use public benefits. "This proposed rule does the opposite and makes clear that the Trump administration continues to prioritize money over family unity by ensuring that only the wealthiest can afford to build a future in this country", Hincapié said.

However, immigration activists believe the rule will hurt the country in the long run.

Rose tells NPR's newscast unit that public health officials warn about the rule's lasting impact on families, with "many immigrants dropping out of benefit programs even before the rule was officially proposed".

According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, in all 306,400 primary Indian applicants are waiting for their green cards.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts an event honoring those working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs Border Protection at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 20, 2018.

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