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Trump administration announces rule that could limit legal immigration

Trump administration announces rule that could limit legal immigration

And while the Trump administration says the rule is aimed at protecting benefits for American citizens, this rule appears to place young USA citizens - the children of immigrants - at risk.

To make a determination - in other words, to predict the future - immigration officials will weigh more than a dozen criteria, which include not only past utilization of public benefits (food stamps, federal housing subsidies, Medicaid, etc.) but factors like age (being over 61 or under 18), debt, a medical condition that might interfere with school or work, and lack of English proficiency.

The CATO Institute released a study previous year reviewing the use rates of some benefit programs by immigrants and native-born Americans.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli commented on the new rules, stating, "It's a core principle - the American Dream itself - and it's one of the things that distinguishes us, and it's central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s". "The Trump Administration deserves credit for protecting American taxpayers' interests first and foremost with these rules, which are entirely consistent with a more merit-based, economy-driven USA immigration system", said Ken Oliver, an immigration expert at Texas Public Policy Foundation, in a statement.

Cuccinelli said the new rule would affect about 400,000 immigrants each year - and it won't affect those now seeking asylum in the United States.

The new policy for "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds", which appeared Monday on the Federal Register's website and will take effect in two months, sets new standards for obtaining permanent residency and USA citizenship.

The Trump administration announced a new rule on Monday that could curb legal immigration by limiting who is allowed into the United States based on whether they are "self-sufficient", according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Federal law already prohibits immigrants who would be dependent on using public benefits from becoming a permanent resident.

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In a recent interview with CBN News, Cuccinelli said the White House crackdown aims to cut down on the potential economic burden of immigrants entering the country.

The White House announced Monday that it plans to restrict immigration based on the use of public benefits. It determines that whether an alien is applying for admission or adjustment of status is inadmissible to the country because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge for availing public assistance schemes like food stamp, Medicaid or housing assistance.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, called the regulation "a cruel new step toward weaponizing programs that are intended to help people by making them, instead, a means of separating families and sending immigrants and communities of color one message: you are not welcome here".

Receiving benefits before the rule goes into effect will not count negatively against applicants, Cuccinelli said.

The policy also applies to aliens seeking seeking an extension or change in immigration status for them and their families.

Immigration advocates expect the rule to draw an immediate flurry of lawsuits. Opponents say the change only makes it easier to deny green cards. But the new rules outline a wider range of programs that could disqualify them.

Under U.S. law, legal permanent residents who have had green cards for at least five years are eligible to apply for public benefits.