Cuccinelli Edits Lazarus Poem To Justify 'Public Charge' Rule

  • Cuccinelli Edits Lazarus Poem To Justify 'Public Charge' Rule

Cuccinelli Edits Lazarus Poem To Justify 'Public Charge' Rule

And they are concerned the rules give too broad an authority to decide whether someone is likely to need public assistance at any time, giving immigration officials the ability to deny legal status to more people. It's part of a push to move the U.S.to a system that focuses on immigrants' skills instead of emphasizing the reunification of families, as it has done. "The Trump Administration deserves credit for protecting American taxpayers' interests first and foremost with these rules, which are entirely consistent with a more merit-based, economy-driven USA immigration system", said Ken Oliver, an immigration expert at Texas Public Policy Foundation, in a statement.

The new rule may soon draw challenges in court from immigrants' rights groups and state attorneys general, which has become a common occurrence as the Trump Administration has attempted to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration.

The famous words on the pedestal of the State of Liberty, "Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", were written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. The survey found broad support for developing a pathway to legal status for immigrants living in the country illegally.

On average, 544,000 people apply annually for green cards, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to this review, according to the government. A public charge refers to a person who relies on public assistance for help.

According to the regulations, foreign citizens who apply to immigrate to the USA will be considered "public burden" if they failed to meet the prescribed income standards or receive public benefits for more than one year in any three years in the country. If someone has two benefits, that is counted as two months.

For example, women who are pregnant and on Medicaid or who need public assistance will not be subject to the new rules during the pregnancy and for 60 days after the birth of the baby. The Medicare Part D low-income subsidy also won't be considered a public benefit. Nor will emergency medical assistance, school lunch programs, foster care or adoption, student loans and mortgages, food pantries, homeless shelters or disaster relief. The rule also puts a lot of power in the hands of US consular officials interviewing green card applicants overseas.

The new requirements will not apply to refugees, those seeking asylum, children given special immigrant status, and victims trafficking, criminal activity and domestic violence, according to the notification. And if immigrants have private health insurance that will weigh heavily in their favor.

Non-citizen immigrants represent 6.5% of those participating in Medicaid and 8.8% of those receiving food assistance.

As a result of the policy, "the benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens, as legal permanent residents first, who can stand on their own two feet, who will not be reliant on the welfare system", he said.

The report says the new rules will take effect from mid-October, 2019, and that they are likely to "have a wide impact in states with large immigrant communities, like California, where many families are made up of citizens and noncitizens alike". "These are not just small changes".

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