The Trump administration’s proposed expansion of the “public charge” rule will make it more difficult for immigrants to come to or remain in the United States if they take advantage of non-cash forms of public assistance.
Local organizations that support the immigrant community and low income families said Wednesday that the proposed rule changes will essentially turn the U.S. immigration system into a pay-to-play enterprise.
“The ‘public charge’ test has been around for decades and has been used to identify folks who are thought to be reliant on the federal government for financial assistance,” and as a basis to deny someone a “green card,” which allows a foreign national to live and work permanently in the U.S., explained Sovereign Hager, legal director of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.
Previously, the federal government denied a green card to individuals if they participated in cash assistance programs, including temporary assistance for needy families, or TANF, Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, for disability-related cash assistance, or government-funded institutional care.
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