USA says will deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits

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"Immigration officers will have the authority to punish immigrants for accessing services they are legally eligible for", Noorani said to the PBS NewsHour.

The new rule may soon draw challenges in court from immigrants' rights groups and state attorneys general, which has become a common occurrence as the Trump Administration has attempted to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration.

But the term, how it's defined, and to whom it's applied is about to become much more significant for everyone involved in the United States immigration system.

FBN's Edward Lawrence on a new rule that would deny green cards to illegal immigrants likely to rely on government aid.

The ruling could impact numerous 22 million non-citizen legal residents of the country, and the estimated 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants, most long-term residents in both groups.

"However", Cuccinelli said, "Congress has never defined the term "public charge" in the law and that term hadn't been clearly defined by regulation. That is what changes today with this rule", he continued.

15, if an applicant for a green card is deemed "more likely than not" to become a "public charge" for using Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance for more than 12 months in aggregate within any 36 month period, it will be weighed as "heavily negative factor" in considering the application, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced on Wednesday. Americans widely agree that individuals coming to our country should be self-sufficient, with 73 per cent in favour of requiring immigrants to be able to support themselves financially, it said. "It will undermine the health and well-being of families that include USA citizens".

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Taveras said most immigrants seeking asylum or residency do not qualify for public assistance, but these new laws will send a message of hate.

Cuccinelli said self-sufficiency has been part of the American immigrant story for more than 140 years, and the rule change gives it greater weight - along with a host of other factors.

Monday at a press conference at the White House, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli was asked if the plaque with the poem "The New Colossus", by Emma Lazarus at the base of the Statue of Liberty was "still operative".

The White House said "large numbers" of migrants "have taken advantage of our generous public benefits, limited resources that could otherwise go to vulnerable Americans". Opponents say the change only makes it easier to deny green cards.

About one in seven adults in immigrant families reported that either the person or a family member did not participate in a non-cash safety net program a year ago because of fear of risking his or her green card status in the future, an Urban Institute study found.

Critics have decried the effort to limit legal immigration for lower income people affront to the nation's ideals highlighted by the inscription on the Statue of Liberty that reads "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". Federal laws now require that immigrants prove that they will not be a burden to the US or a "public charge". One of the more pointed questions: Should the plaque on the Statue of Liberty be removed?

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, New York for a fundraising luncheon to benefit his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee in Southampton, New York, U.S., August 9, 2019. "Through the enforcement of the public charge inadmissibility law, we will promote these long-standing ideals and immigrant success".

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