Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen address the National Cyber Security Summit in New York City, 31. Of July 2018.
Immigrants in the United States who are overly dependent on public support may soon find it more difficult to stay in the country.
In a 447-page proposal, posted online on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security calls will be denied to immigrants, a permanent right to stay, if you have received or are expected to be benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid or housing vouchers.
“Under longstanding Federal law, those who immigrate to the United States, you can be self-funding,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement to the Washington Post.
“Under longstanding Federal law, those who immigrate to the United States, they can support themselves financially.”
– Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security
The proposed amendments would provide for the “promotion of the immigrants themselves and to protect the finite resource by ensuring that you are likely to be a burden on the American taxpayer,” Nielsen.
President Trump has said he wants to benefit to replace the current immigration system with a performance based on professional skills.
Green card applicants are already required by Federal law to prove that you will be a burden – or a “public charge” – but the proposal would expand the number of programs which could make them unfit.
Under the rule, denials for green cards can be issued if an immigrant will receive government benefits, for up to 15 percent of the poverty line – $1,821 for an individual and $3,765 for a family of four, Politico reported.
The DHS is it has a 60-day period for public comment on the proposal prior to publication in the Federal Register. Then the Agency changes due to the public feedback before issuing a final regulation. The Agency expects court challenges to any change, the Post reported.
If you are accepted, would the changes affect the rules for immigration visas, or those with a temporary residence permit, which want the country to remain, and could more than 600,000 participants in the DACA (Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals) — the Obama-era “dreamers” program-when you file for permanent residence permit, according to the Post.
The proposal would have little impact on undocumented immigrants or aliens who apply for the “temporary protected status” in the United States in the aftermath of natural disasters or armed conflicts in their home countries.
Critics see the measure as to restrict a further attempt, the legal immigration and force to select low-income families, between the receipt of public assistance or residency in the United States.
“This would select the power of families-including citizens-children-between the help they need and remain in their communities,” said Diane Yentel, President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. “The last thing you should do, the Federal government is to punish families who have fallen into hard times for the nutrition of their children or keep a roof over your head and the prevention of homelessness.”
Some immigrants have already decided to renounce to the benefits of the fear of being deported.
The Post reported that 3.7 percent of the 41.5 million immigrants living in the United States received cash benefits in 2013 and 22.7 percent received other forms of assistance, such as Medicaid, housing assistance or home heating assistance.
The percentage of native Americans, which was the same forms of support in 2015, are almost identical.
The changes of the differences in health insurance rates between children with native-born parents and those with parents with migration background might be able to expand.
The timing of the proposal, together with an announcement earlier this week that the government will admit, not more than 30,000 refugees in the next fiscal year, could Stoke Republican base.
“We can be picky about who we allow into the country,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation. “One of the most important factors should be to ensure that the legal immigrants who come are people who are self-financing.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.