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The public charge rule was finalized last summer and was suppose to go into effect in October , but was delayed due to numerous lawsuits surrounding the rule. However the Supreme Court stepped in and said that the rule can be enacted while the case is being fought
The public charge rule essentially says that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration agencies can deny green cards to immigrants who have utilized both cash and non cash assistance for a period of more than 12 months over a 3 year period.
Homeland Security did say that the rule only applies to admissibility and will not change the status of applicants who are denied a green card. The rule does not apply to refugees, asylum seekers, and individuals on special victim visas.
“The main reason this got done is because we have a president who is determined enough to make self-sufficiency matter again in a meaningful way. That kind of entrepreneurial mentality is a natural for him.”
– Ken Cuccinelli Acting secretary Department of Homeland Security
Many Immigrant Rights groups and other organizations oppose the law saying it will negatively effect those who are most in need.
“It would effectively bar many of them from life-sustaining and potentially life-saving programs under the threat of losing a path to citizenship and potential deportation, leading to more immigrant family separations,”
-Sandra L. Shullman, president of the APA.
However the Trump Administration believes this law is important for immigrants to learn how to stand on their own and provide for themselves. The vision is for immigrants to become self sufficient which goes back to colonial times when a law was enacted banning the entrance of any immigrant who could not provide for themselves
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