President Trump rolled out Monday the final version of a controversial rule to limit legal immigration to the United States.
The 837-page rule would apply to those planning to come to or remain in the country legally. It would significantly increase the federal options to reject green cards applications for people that used social benefits, housing assistance, food stamps, or Medicaid.
As the Department of Homeland Security announced, the so-called ''public charge'' rule would affect nearly 382,000 people seeking to arrange the status in our country via legal channels.
The Migration Policy Institute went further explaining that the new policy could result in more than half of all family-based green card applications being rejected. For reference, in 2016, there were about 800,000 green cards issued.
Historically speaking, the term ''public charge'' refers to people that are dependent on public cash assistance. As mentioned above, the Trump administration now expands it to anyone who received food stamps, Medicaid, or housing subsidies.
Non-residents who received one or more public benefits for an aggregate 12 months within any three-year period could be negatively affected by the new stipulations. Furthermore, the rule also features numerous other factors, including age, that would be evaluated.
According to the acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, who presented the rule during a press conference Monday morning, its main aim is to promote self-sufficiency and independence among immigrants.
When asked whether the new rule targets unfairly the low-income immigrants, Cuccinelli declined. He explained that Washington expected people of any income to be able to stand on their two feet.
Cuccinelli also added that the driving principle behind the new measure is an old American value, namely the self-sufficiency. He pointed out that the government would like to ensure Americans that people coming to the country would not turn into public burdens.
The Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke was among the first to slam the new policy. In his view, President Trump believes that immigrants have no place in the United States.
According to Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, the regulation would have the deepest and most long-term impact of all the other immigration policies implemented by Donald Trump. The National Immigration Law Center is now working hard to file a lawsuit over the regulation, Hincapié added.
The new rule would be released officially on Wednesday, and it would take effect 60 days later.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the President Trump's new plan to limit the legal immigration?