Julian Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate and the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday suggested the new “public charge” rule intends to create A Nation In Trump’s Own Image through his administration’s recently announced regulation on Monday, which makes it harder for immigrants to obtain green cards if they’ve received or are likely to receive government benefits in the future.
“I think this policy is just terribly misguided. And i know the real agenda behind it is that Donald Trump just wants to build a nation in his own image. He wants to keep certain people out. Only let certain people in. And this is not the spirit that we should move forward with,” Castro told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.”
Public Charge Rule Intended To Create A Nation In Trump’s Own Image
Several days after acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli announced the new “public charge” rule there were comments which has angered Democrats and progressives who argue that with the new, policy, immigrants will be discouraged from receiving benefits that they are qualified for. The Trump administration new rule which is currently been challenged in court, is the latest move by the administration in its ongoing effort to implement more conservative US immigration policy. Madeleine Albright reply to Cuccinelli’s comments: ‘I think the Statue of Liberty is weeping’
Castro, who has made immigration policy a key part of his campaign, noted that his grandmother immigrated to the US as a child from Mexico. “Two generations later, one of her grandsons, my brother (Rep. Joaquin Castro) is a member of the United States Congress, and the other one, me, served in the president’s cabinet and is running for president of the great country that she came to. That is the American dream which immigrants helped build in the past, and they are still helping to build it now”
What is public charge?
Since the Immigration Act of 1882, public charge has already been in existence. Federal lawmakers at that time wanted to ensure that immigrants would be able to take care of themselves without the government assistance and not end up a public burden. Na n line with the recent regulations put in place in 1996, public charge is defined as someone who is “primarily dependent” on the assistance of the government, meaning it supplies more than half their income. This only count cash benefits, like temporary assistance for the less privilege families or supplementary security income from social security. The administration’s new rule broadens the definition of those who are expected to be dependent on the government by creating more benefit programs.
Immigration officials may take the financial resources, health, education, skills, family status and age of an applicant into account. But according to experts, few people are turned down on these relatively narrow grounds. An immigration policy analyst at the libertarian CATO institute, David Bier said, “The conception of what it means to to be a public challenge is totally challenged.”
The rule will be effective from 15th October. Until then, USCIS have promised to continue working towards finalizing the processes and procedures that will be needed to implement the final public charge rule.
According to the agency, the rule will only apply to applications and petition on or after the effective date.