New Policy Stiffens Requirements For Legal Immigration

Headline Roundup August 12th, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security announced a new expansion of the 'public charge' rule, which aims to restrict immigrants who receive forms of government assistance from obtaining green cards or permanent visas. DHS estimates that the updated rule will immediately affect the immigration status of roughly 382,000 people. Asylum seekers and refugees are excluded from the public charge rule.

Left-leaning media focused on the many factors that DHS has added during Donald Trump's presidency and how those rules seemingly target Hispanic migrants. Some right-leaning media reported on the rule as fair and not necessarily harsh.

New Policy Stiffens Requirements For Legal Immigration

From the Right
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The Department of Homeland Security released a new regulation on Monday that would severely limit the number of impoverished migrants eligible to enter and remain in the U.S. legally by requiring that visa applicants not be reliant on public services.

Under the expanded public-charge rule, which was added to the Federal Register on Monday, the authorities will consider an immigrant’s use of non-cash government-assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid, as a negative factor in determining their eligibility for a green card or temporary visa....

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From the Center
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Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli on Monday defended a controversial Trump administration rule that would link an immigrant's ability to secure green cards to their use of certain public programs.

Cuccinelli told reporters at the White House that the "public charge" change promotes “the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.”

"We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet. If people are not able to be self-sufficient, then this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against...

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From the Left
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The Department of Homeland Security officially published a change to what’s known as the “public charge” rule on Monday that would make it much harder to apply for a green card or earn a visa. The new policy, which is set to go into effect in mid-October, expands the definition of what would make an applicant likely to become a “public charge,” someone who the government has deemed would be dependent on it, thus rendering them ineligible for legal permanent residency status.

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