Donald Trump’s administration plans on punishing immigrants who use benefits and government assistance.
Trump’s administration is looking to move forward with its plans to penalize immigrants for using government assistance in an effort to revamp the U.S. immigration systems. Under the new rules, immigrants who use or are expected to use a variety of federal, state and local government benefits, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid, will be denied green cards and visas.
The new rule is called “public charge,” a move Trump and his followers in the White House have been adamant about implementing. The guideline is set to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced the move Monday morning. Cuccinelli says the rule’s purpose is to clarify existing law, which was designed to make sure immigrants do not become dependent on the government.
“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is re-enforcing the ideal of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful in America,” he said.
“Public charge” is set to go into effect in 60 days but is expected to be met with backlash from immigrant rights groups.