Under a new rule that goes into effect after 60 days, the United States will start denying Green Cards and extensions of other temporary stay visas to foreigners who have either used government assistance such as food stamps and housing rent or are "likely at any time to become a public charge", someone who has come to reply on these "public benefits" and, experts said, could impact Indians.
While the Trump administration has said that its rule change would not affect non-U.S. citizens who are already permanent residents in the US, researchers found evidence of a "chilling effect" even among that group.
The change would dramatically expand the government's definition of the centuries-old term "public charge", effectively making it more hard for certain low-income immigrants to secure permanent residency (green cards) or temporary visas.
The Trump administration has released the final version of its controversial "public charge" rule-the latest measure in the government's ongoing hardline crackdown on immigration in the U.S.
The Trump administration announced a new rule on Monday that could curb legal immigration by limiting who is allowed into the United States based on whether they are "self-sufficient", according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
But in New York City, where almost 20% of the population relies on SNAP benefits to help feed their families, officials have found that twice as many "eligible noncitizen New Yorkers are either withdrawing from or not enrolling in SNAP" than eligible US citizens, particularly in the past two years as rumors of the coming public charge rule have circulated, according to an analysis by the New York City Department of Social Services and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
"While we can not definitively prove that the public charge proposal has caused these changes to SNAP participation, we identify an important correlation that, reinforced by anecdotal and survey evidence, suggests a chilling effect: eligible immigrant families are avoiding SNAP out of fear of potential immigration consequences", city officials wrote in the June analysis.
Immigrant rights groups quickly denounced the rule. The distinctions don't matter to President Trump.
The rules are among President Donald Trump's most aggressive efforts to curb legal immigration, part of an overall attempt to restrict immigration and benefits in the U.S. They were met with much criticism when they were proposed last fall. "That is what changes today with this rule". It determines that whether an alien is applying for admission or adjustment of status is inadmissible to the country because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge for availing public assistance schemes like food stamp, Medicaid or housing assistance.
These estimates take into account immigrants who may voluntarily un-enroll or forgo assistance from programs for which they are eligible in order to avoid being deemed a "public charge" which in turn could jeopardize immigration status.
Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli attends a naturalization ceremony inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum on July 2, 2019 in New York City. Some 800,000 green cards were granted in 2016.
The White House announced Monday that it plans to restrict immigration based on the use of public benefits.
A new White House rule that requires foreigners seeking to enter the US disclose their use of public benefits would save taxpayers about $2.27 billion per year, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "We're simply making effective what Congress had already put on the books, so there's no reason for any particular group to feel like this is targeting them", he said.