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US im­mi­grants on food stamps may not get green cards

- AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS U.S. News · Immigration · Politics · Society · United States of America · Donald Trump

US President Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion rules that could deny green cards to im­mi­grants who use Med­i­caid, food stamps, hous­ing vouch­ers or other forms of pub­lic as­sis­tance are go­ing into ef­fect, po­ten­tially mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for some to be­come US cit­i­zens.

Fed­eral law al­ready re­quires those seek­ing green cards and le­gal sta­tus to prove they will not be a bur­den to the US, or what’s called a ‘pub­lic charge’, but the new rules, made pub­lic on Mon­day, de­tail a broader range of pro­grammes that could dis­qual­ify them.

US Ci­ti­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices of­fi­cers will now weigh pub­lic as­sis­tance along with other fac­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion, house­hold in­come and health to de­ter­mine whether to grant le­gal sta­tus.

Much of Trump’s ef­fort to crack down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion has been in the spot­light, but the rule change is one of the most ag­gres­sive ef­forts to re­strict le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. The rules will take ef­fect in mid-Oc­to­ber. They don’t ap­ply to US cit­i­zens, even if the US cit­i­zen is re­lated to an im­mi­grant who is sub­ject to them.

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