The Trump administration’s new green-card rule could be ‘a backdoor’ to immigration reform, experts say

Posted on 09/03/19

Last Monday, The Trump administration announced a new rule change that would make it harder for
immigrants to seek public benefits that included food stamps, housing assistance, and Medicaid if they were applying for a green card or citizenship. The rule change was just another example of the Trump Administration’s efforts to assert their bureaucratic authority over the national government and the immigration process. Numerous White House officials have been determined to change the countries immigration laws dramatically.

Taking effect in mid-October, the new rule would essentially provide the government suppression of
immigrants allowed into the United States based on their economic background and how likely they
may be to use government programs. Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken
Cuccinelli said the goal is to bring “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, especially in the age of the modern welfare state which is so expansive and expensive.” Experts say that the new law would only welcome wealthier immigrants and better educated immigrants to enter the country rather than those of low incomes.

This new rule would thus be a backdoor for immigration reform. This was echoed by Bob Greenstein,
the president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,” essentially puts a price tag on obtaining
lawful permanent residency in the United States, shifting it away from family-based immigration
toward one restricted to people who are already relatively well-off or highly skilled when they enter the country.” A Migration Policy Institute analysis of the proposed rule change released last year found immigrants from Mexico and Central America would be at a significantly higher risk of having their green cards rejected compared with immigrants from other regions of the world. Those from Europe, Canada, and Oceania were the least likely to be negatively affected.

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