Wednesday 14 August 2019 1:27 AM UTC
NEW YORK Aug 14: The Trump administration unveiled a sweeping rule that would limit legal immigration by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.
Washington: Legal immigrants who use public benefits – such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance – could have a tougher time obtaining a green card under a policy change announced Monday that is at the center of the Trump administration’s effort to reduce immigration levels.
The new criteria for “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” due to take effect Oct. 15, will set new standards for applicants seeking legal permanent residency in the United States, criteria that will skew the process in favor of the highly skilled, high-income immigrants President Donald Trump covets.
Since its first days, the Trump administration has been seeking ways to weed out immigrants the president sees as undesirable, including those who might draw on taxpayer-funded benefits.
Wealth, education, age and English-language skills will take on greater importance in the process of obtaining a green card, which is the main hurdle in the path to full U.S. citizenship.
U.S. immigration law has long-standing provisions to screen out foreigners who might be a burden on society, but the rule change amounts to an expansion of the government’s definition of “public charge” – and who is deemed likely to become one.
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