Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants attacks a problem that doesn’t exist
News

Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants attacks a problem that doesn’t exist

If immigrants use a Section 8 housing voucher or buy groceries with SNAP, this revised regulation could label that person a “public charge” — a dependent on the government — and the Department of Homeland Security could deny her or him a green card. Further, if an immigrant left the United States for an extended period (perhaps to care for an ailing parent), the public charge label could also result in being permanently denied reentry. Continue reading

Trump’s latest immigration proposal is a looming public health crisis
News

Trump’s latest immigration proposal is a looming public health crisis

Today, people who have immigrated here, like my parents, are facing another targeted, xenophobic attack. The Trump administration, which has already implemented a travel ban against five majority-Muslim countries — including Iran — and locked immigrant children in cages, proposed a new rule this month that would punish legal immigrants for accessing basic needs programs. Continue reading

Needy immigrants need not apply
News

Needy immigrants need not apply

In this case, the new blueprint would radically shift the government’s definition of immigrants classified as “public charges,” meaning burdens to public resources. That classification would make them ineligible for many visas and green cards, which confer nearly every privilege of citizenship except voting in federal elections. And it would do so in a rulemaking end run around Congress, which would have no say in modifying or approving the new policy. Continue reading

How Trump Can Use Welfare To Stymie Immigration — And Vice Versa
News

How Trump Can Use Welfare To Stymie Immigration — And Vice Versa

″It’s an opportunity to fuel the nativist fire and scapegoat immigrants as a drain on our economy,” said Wendy Cervantes, senior policy analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonpartisan organization that works to improve the lives of low-income people.

The U.S. government has almost always had a rule against legal permanent resident status for anyone who might become a “public charge,” meaning someone who is likely to wind up on welfare. The proposed rule, which will not take effect for at least 60 days and is subject to change, would broaden the criteria the government can use to deny applicants. Continue reading

Trump administration seeks to limit access to U.S. for immigrants who use or are likely to use public assistance
News

Trump administration seeks to limit access to U.S. for immigrants who use or are likely to use public assistance

“Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement, adding that the proposed changes would “promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers.” Continue reading

Trump’s New Strategy to Demonize Immigrants
News

Trump’s New Strategy to Demonize Immigrants

Donald Trump’s antipathy to immigrants has been a defining feature of his rise to power and his presidency. He has focused much of that ire, personally and in his policies, on undocumented immigrants. But there are signs he wants to target documented immigrants, too. In February, Reuters reported that the Department of Homeland Security was “considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance.” Continue reading