The Trump Administration has rolled out a new policy that will force immigrants to be self-reliant and not be on welfare if they want to stay in the country. The Washington Examiner reports:
The Trump administration in October will enlarge the pool of immigrants who can be barred from entry or denied visa renewals because of their reliance on U.S. government benefits, according to a rule change published in the Federal Register.
The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally submitted the update to a 1999 rule on Monday. The rule further expands the definition of a “public charge,” a term the government uses to indicate a noncitizen has a history of receiving long-term financial or other assistance.
“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of our self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said during a press conference Monday morning.
Immigrants seeking to enter the United States for the first time as well as those seeking renewal of visas will be judged based on assistance they have accepted from the federal government for at least 12 monthsin any 36-month period, including cash benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, most forms of Medicaid, and some housing programs, according to the new rule. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Medicaid were not previously part of the 20-year-old rule.
This is a huge step in immigration reform. The least that immigrants could do is not be a burden on society, and prove that they are a net positive to the nation. Democrats are already opposing the move, showing that they truly want open borders and unlimited benefits for them.