New Rules Revealed To Further Restrict Legal Immigration

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 1:56pm
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A new version of the so-called public charge rule that disqualifies people from getting green cards if they use too many public benefits is scheduled to take effect in mid-October.

One advocacy group said it’s an attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to unilaterally change the immigration system.

The new rules apply to people who’ve come to the United States legally and want permanent status. Federal law already requires those seeking a green card to prove they will not be a burden on the U.S. Officials plan to start weighing public assistance along with other factors like education, income and health.

Congress has so-far rejected changing the immigration system from a family-based model to one based on merit, said Charles Wheeler, director of training and legal support at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. 

“So this is kind of a end-run around Congress, kind of a backdoor way of imposing this higher standard,” Wheeler said.

The National Immigration Law Center has already promised a lawsuit against the new rules.

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