WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES: Donald Trump administration announced new regulations with an aim to deny permanent residency to immigrants who receive public aid such as Medicaid and food stamps.
This threatens those immigrants who do low wage work and depend on public services to get by, most of such immigrants are Hispanics.
This seems to shut down the hopes of low skilled immigrants who hope to become a citizen of the United States.
Adding to these regulations, White House also announced that immigrants will be blocked from entering the United States if they are likely to need public assistance. Thus a new definition of the"public charge" law. Immigrants who are already in the country and are using public services will not be able to obtain green cards or citizenship.
President Donald Trump said in a statement that the immigrants should be financially stable to get citizenship for the benefit of American citizens. He added that such non-citizens have taken advantage of our generous public benefits. He wanted those resources to go to vulnerable Americans.
As per reports, over 22 million immigrants will be affected by this ruling, half of whom are unauthorized though long term residents.
Acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli said that the Trump administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and responsibility, to ensure that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America.
The authorities revealed that over 75% of non-citizens use public services. In a family, at least one person will use at least one public aid.
This is one of the series of attacks imposed by Trump on immigrants specifically targeting Mexicans. Trump announced the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid across America to find and deport illegal immigrants.
He also intends to remove the dreamers' act DACA and restrict the visas for families.