WASHINGTON: The United States President Donald Trump’s administration announces on Monday new immigration regulations that would aim to deny citizenship and permanent residency to migrants.
This new rule would be applicable to those, who receive Medicaid, food stamps and other public welfare.
New regulations would dash the citizenship hopes of millions – mostly Hispanic migrants, who depend in part on public services to scrape a living and work for low wages.
Moreover, it appears to shut the door for those, who are low-skilled and impoverished migrants outside the country.
The White House announced a new definition of the longstanding ‘public charge’ law, saying that the migrants would be blocked from entering the US if they are likely to need public support.
In addition, those who are already here and using public services would not be able to get US citizenship or green cards.
In a White House statement, Trump said, “To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.”
“Large numbers of non-citizens and their families have taken advantage of our generous public benefits, limited resources that could otherwise go to vulnerable Americans,” the statement added.
This ruling would affect more than 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants, who are long-term residents of the country and non-citizen legal residents – estimating 22 million.
Half of all non-citizen households consist of at least one individual using Medicaid, a government-run health program, the White House said.
At least one welfare program is being used by 78% of the family headed by a non-citizen with an educational qualification not more than a high school, it added.
Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli said, “Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America.”