Trump administration issues new rule to DENY green cards to immigrants using welfare programs

Well this is certainly a step in the right direction:

FOX NEWS – The Trump administration on Monday issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid.

Officials described the so-called “public charge” rule as a way to ensure those granted permanent residency are self-sufficient — and protect taxpayers in the process.

“The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli told Fox News in an interview. “It’s a core principle — the American Dream itself — and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it’s central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s.”

“It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done,” he said. “It’s not only a recipe for their success, but for America’s success growing out of our immigration system.”

The new rule takes effect in October and will apply to immigrants who’ve been receiving public benefits for 12 months in a three year period.



But even without the new rule the Trump administration has been using the “public charge” guidance, which has been around since 1999:

There are already signs that the rule could significantly reshape who is being granted permanent residency. Politico reported last week that the State Department has been cracking down on potential public charges — with rejections on public charge grounds surging to 12,179 in fiscal 2019 from 1,033 in fiscal 2016.

This seems based on the idea of ‘merit’ that Trump has been pushing for years, that people who want permanent residency in the US need to add something to the country instead of just being a burden.

Below is Cuccinelli’s interview if you want to watch it:

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101 thoughts on “Trump administration issues new rule to DENY green cards to immigrants using welfare programs

      1. It’s the current law… it’s been on the books for 20 years. Then again, an Obama appointee will find a loophole.

      2. Who cares what the activists in black robes think? Many of them should be censured and removed from the bench.

      3. And Republicans will say they can’t do anything. These rogue courts need to be ignored and we have re-balance the nature between the federal branches and also the states.

  1. It’s the way immigration use to be handled. People applying had to have sponsors, be tested for disease and be able to prove they would not need financial assistance long before all the government handouts. Common sense prevails until the courts overstep again.

    1. And I do not think the LAWS have changed but the politicians have starting during the Reagan administration, getting worse under each successive administration and culminating in the very worse under the Obama sdministration.

    2. Yes courts overstep , BUT, hasn’t Congress “allowed” them to do so? Also, haven’t the conditions/requirements been changed by “Congress” in order for the courts to come up with the some of their stupid rulings? (Not sticking up for the courts here).

      1. I agree with your assessment of congress and their role here for sure. Frankly I think many in congress are happy to allow the courts to be the “fall guy” in many instances since they achieve the end result they wanted while not getting blamed by their voters.

  2. It’s common sense and I believe the majority of Americans support this measure.

    Now, if we could only have ALL federal assistance recipients go through random mandatory drug testing…

  3. If a migrant cannot take care of himself and must rely in public assistance, he should not be allowed to stay here.

  4. This makes sense. However, there are millions of illegals on welfare, housing and food stamps. That needs to be stopped.

  5. Now there’s some change I CAN believe in. This is the way to do this. Make it harder for these alleged “immigrants” to come here and soak taxpayers. IF you’re going to be a drag on society, a degenerate that doesn’t want to carry your own weight, then go home and soak off your own people.

  6. It’s about time! I hesitate to say this but my niece-in-law recently immigrated to the USA LEGALLY, she was originally here on a student VISA when she met my nephew and they over a couple years fell in love. The hoops she/they have had to jump through in order for her to be in America are astounding when you look at they way illegals are coming through our southern border without hindrance. Seven months in her home country, with interviews, health exams, thousands of dollars spent and FINALLY she is back in America and now working on permanent citizenship (they were legally married a few weeks after she returned on a fiance visa). One of their many requirements was the ability for my nephew to FINANCIALLY be able to provide for her, which he is fully capable of doing. So, why should this be any different for the millions of illegals wanting to enter our country. They should also be required to have a SPONSOR and a HEALTH exam, just like those wanting to immigrate here LEGALLY are required to do and the same as in the old days of immigration.

    1. The truth of the matter is there are no LAWS that ACCOMODATE illegal immigration. The laws address what to do to be a legal immigrant. The law does not say that if people do not follow the law THEY MUST BE IMMEDIATELY DEPORTED. Think about it no laws to address or prevent illegal immigration just made up EOs to accomodate it and judges who prevent expelling them.

    2. I have a family member who also went through this laborious and costly process about 5 years ago. I would think that legal immigrants would be outraged at the permissiveness granted to those who don’t abide by the rules.

  7. This is a good thing. But it won’t affect illegal immigration, where they just don’t apply for a green card.

    We have a two-tier immigration system. The people who come in legally have to meet all these requirements, while the illegal immigrants just sneak across the border and ignore these requirements.

    And the consequences is .. they are called “undocumented” immigrants. That’s it. No other consequences.

    1. and it is ILLEGAL immigration that is costing US taxpayers over 135 billion per year.

      1. According the OAN the amount is around 165 billion now. The only major way to stop this illegal border crossings is to build a wall. Any intellegent person knows that is the only real solution which is why the dems and some republicans fight against it with all their might.

    1. They don’t apply for green cards. They apply for (and get) food stamps, housing, Medicaid, drivers licenses, welfare…

      1. So how will this help with that?

        Sounds to me like yet again the Trump Admin is “doing something” to accomplish nothing meaningful.

  8. The Koch brothers and their COC cronies will be fighting this. Their employees can’t feed a family of six on minimum wage without assistance, and they know it.

  9. This new “Rule” makes PERFECT SENSE…

    Which is why the Liberals are already “judge shopping” for a Federal Judge to BLOCK it.

  10. Like I’ve written many times, our body of immigration law is really quite good. Ted Cruz has said this before, also. So we don’t need–and what Republican officeholders should STFU about–is “immigration reform.” What has been lacking–since LBJ took office–is the will to enforce it.

    If we just enforced the law, stopped trying to import poor people, and ended “birthright” citizenship, it would fix most of the problems caused by years of neglect and manipulation. All of those are under the purview of the President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of DHS.

    The only major change the law needs is an end to so-called chain migration. Most of the remaining changes we need are actually numeric, and don’t require a change to base law.

    1. It would help tremendously if judges would quit making it up as they go and enforce the existing law as you say. Black robed tyrants are drunk with their power to stop enforcement dead in its tracks with just a stroke of their unconstitutional pens.

      Too many Obama, Clinton, Carter judges who haven’t even ever heard of the U S Constitution, let alone even read it, are making law from the bench. It needs to stop, by however means it takes.

      1. That’s why the the executive and legislative branch should put a check on an unconstitutional rulings by ignoring them. Ken Cuccinelli is a good man, but he is still a product of the “legal system” mindset and doesn’t understand that the courts are not the supreme branch. At some point soon they will have to start ignoring their nationwide injunctions or else we will continue to be ruled by a judicial oligarchy.

    2. Agree……but the trick is enforcing the law and I can’t see how these laws get enforced in sanctuary cities and states and big urban areas controlled by Democrats.

    3. I hope they look into all the church foundations who sponsor the import of refugees for cash also.

  11. When was this NOT the case? When I brought my (now ex) husband here from Greece 40 years ago, and married him a week after we arrived, he had to prove he wouldn’t be a “burden” on the state.

    And yes, instead of a honeymoon, he went out and got a job. And no it wasn’t a “green card marriage” – it lasted 20 years.

    1. Those were the days when that was actually enforced. My grandfather came here from China and also had to prove he wasn’t a burden.

  12. This is good being that this is the rule and has been with Legal residents however there are millions here who apparently don’t need a green card to get the free stuff nor do they want one. They can still walk freely in the sanctuary cities and states and get everything they want. That has to stop. Cruz ran on this. No one cared. Ken Cuchinelli should have been here from the start and guaranteed, Cruz would have had him somewhere in his admin. Glad he’s got the job…

  13. Why didn’t he do this on day one? Trump has been a disaster on immigration and this sounds like an election fake promise.

    1. You do know that from day 1 he was and still is fighting every deep stater in DC. The man was not a politician who had for instance been a governor thereby having a list of known people to bring into his administration. He was fought every step of the way on every issue including funding issues, changes in the laws, confirming people to his cabinet, you name it. Therefore, he probably relied on Pence and others for many of the candidates for these positions. They did not serve him well. Add to that the leftovers at state, FBI, Homeland Security, etc and he inherited a mess but you know that don’t you.

  14. As someone mentioned below this will do nothing. We are spending over 135 billion on ILLEGAL immigrants. This law impacts LEGAL immigrants..not ILLEGAL immigrants…

  15. I’ve got a better idea. How about we cut off all of the freebies to legal as well as illegal aliens?

    1. Really. That’s just what I was going to comment about. Non-citizens should be granted zero public benefits. Survival of the fittest and the rest go home.

    2. The problem is administration can’t control the freebies given out by the state/local governments. I’m guessing and hoping that the federal government doesn’t give out federal benefits like SSI/etc to illegals.

      1. When congress allots money to each state doesn’t “Congress” have the ultimate authority to “restrict” what the money can be spent on?

    3. That’s a great point. They may not get Welfare, but what about Medicaid, food stamps and free healthcare in some states?

  16. Bullshite lawsuit coming to block this perfectly reasonable and legal rule that should been instituted in the first place in 3…….2……….

  17. Some Obama judge will block it.
    But on the bright side, whenever a Leftist activist judge pees on the constitution and rules against Trump, he can kiss any advancement in his judicial career goodbye until a Democrat POTUS is elected.
    Meanwhile, all those openings can go to conservative judges.

  18. Interview in Forbes magazine March 2019…

    Anderson: How often were people able to overcome “public charge grounds” in FY 2018 or are the statistics a little unclear given how cases can carry over from a previous fiscal year?

    Gorsky: The statistics show that 13,450 people were denied immigrant visas in FY 2018 on this basis, and 7,932 subsequently OVERCAME the initial denial.
    However, people denied visas based on this ground can present new evidence, such as a higher income from the petitioner/sponsor, at any time after the initial denial. Therefore, some or many of these “overcomes” were probably from earlier fiscal years.

  19. We shouldn’t be doing this at all We have too many citizens on them …. we shouldn’t have to pay for ANY non-citizens “social aid benefits”.

      1. Children, disabled, and elderly citizens are the only ones who should receive assistance. If you’re able bodied, go to work.

  20. And a Federal Judge steps in in 3-2-1 &…

    As for this law, pfft…H-1B visas are through the roof…so much for “buy American, hire American”.

  21. But we spend over 135 billion on ILLEGALS…..this directive does not even touch that. The Federal government can’t even defund sanctuary cities and states so I don’t see how this directive does anything of substance.

    To me it is more campaign posturing that will yield minimal results if any.

  22. Good. It’s past time for this. People are supposed to immigrate to this country to become a productive part of our society, not a dependent of the welfare state.

  23. Wait, I thought Green cards were for people coming here to work? So, how do you get to stay and apply for benefits if you’re not working? Oh, nevermind. Democrats need the votes.

    1. Green Card is slang for the Resident Alien card for those coming here to live permanently as an alien. They may decide at a later date to naturalize as a US citizen. The old resident alien card back in the day had a green tint to it hence green card.

  24. Here is the language from the INA for Public Charge. Keep in mind this is an administrative removal/deportable charge. The language indicates the situation that caused the person to become a public charge existed prior to the alien entering the US and not something unexpected that occurred after entry.

    Public charge:
    Any alien who, within five years after the date of entry, has become a public charge from causes not affirmatively shown to have arisen since entry is deportable.

  25. One of the brightest developments of the Trump administration — should have happened two years ago. Thank you, Ken.

    1. As long as Trump keeps going along with every idiotic liberal judicial decision, we’ll keep getting idiotic liberal judicial decisions.

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