President Donald Trump’s administration’s New Trump Rules Ensures Immigrants Are Self-Sufficient. According to CNN report, Trump has delivered once again on his promise to the US people to enforce long-standing immigration law. The US Department of Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday announced a rule that could better ensure that those seeking to come to and remain in the United States are Self-Sufficient.
New Trump Rules Ensures Immigrants Are Self-Sufficient
In the history of the nation, self-sufficiency has been a core tenet of the American dream. Foreign nationals have been required by long-standing federal law to rely on their own capabilities and the resources of their families, sponsors and private organizations in their communities to succeed. Self-reliance, the foundation of our nation is laid by industriousness and perseverance and have defined generations of hardworking immigrants who have been seeking opportunities in the United States.
Acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinellisaid in a statement;
“My Italian grandfather, Dominic Luigi Cuccinelli, known as “Miggs” to his friends, sponsored two of his cousins, Mario and Silvio Cuccinello, to come to this country. Once they arrived in America, my grandfather wanted to make sure his cousins could find work. He appointed my father as their English teacher so they could learn the language in order to get a job. My family worked together to ensure that Mario and Silvio could provide for their own needs. They never expected the government to do it for them. This entrepreneurial and enterprising spirit — shared by countless immigrants who have made the United States their home — is central to the American identity. And it is our responsibility to preserve it.”
“We took action to promote these long-standing self-sufficiency ideals by finalizing the public charge inadmissibility regulation to ensure the law is meaningfully enforced,” he added.
Two bipartisan bills were passed by Congress – the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act as well as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act — during the Clinton administration in order to prevent the exploitation of benefit programs meant for the public, and to reaffirm the long-standing public charge inadmissibility ground. Unfortunately, these laws have never been fully implemented. Today, that changes as a result of the publication of the final public charge inadmissibility rule, which will be effective in 60 days.
For more than 100 years, public charge has been part of American immigration law as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation which unfortunately has never been defined in the statute. According to the 1999 guidance put in place, public charge is defined as someone who is “primarily dependent” on government for subsistence. With the advent of this new rule, Homeland Security now defines public charge to mean an alien who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period (for instance, receipt of two benefits in one month counts as two months).
The Trump administration recognizes that while the United States is the most generous country in the world, American taxpayers already work very hard to provide for the needs of their own families. Americans must not be overburden unnecessarily with the resources needed to fund those coming into the country.
Under the new regulation, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency tasked with administering our nation’s lawful immigration system, will evaluate the applications of those seeking to come here in a way that faithfully implements federal law and better ensures self-sufficiency. Immigration officers will generally consider an immigrant’s current and past receipt of designated public benefits while in the United States — this include public housing, food stamps, most Medicaid use or cash assistance — as a negative factor when examining applications.
In accordance with the rule, officers are required to assess each applicant’s age, health, family status, assets, resources and financial status, education and skills, and other factors set forth in the rule, in the totality of the circumstances. This means that no one factor alone will decide an applicant’s case. This will enable Citizenship and Immigration Services in their objective decision to ascertain whether the applicant is eligible at any time in the future to receive public benefits above the designated threshold. Simultaneously, this will help ensure that immigrants who come into the country have the necessary tools and networks needed to succeed.
Unfortunately, some of the rhetoric surrounding this regulation has been riddled with inaccuracies. The regulation has no impact on humanitarian-based immigration programs for refugees as well as those seeking asylum, and it clarifies the exemption for trafficking victims and victims of domestic violence. Congress has long carved out exemptions for these categories, and our regulation adheres to the laws as written.
The regulation also excludes consideration of public benefits received by active duty members of the military and their spouses and children, and Medicaid benefits for emergency medical services. For generations, immigrants have strengthened the foundation of our nation by making positive contributions to America.