Trump Administration to Penalize Green Card Seekers on Public Assistance

Posted on August 12, 2019 6:49 am

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Updated: Aug. 12, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

WHITE HOUSE — The Trump administration announced a new policy Monday that would impede immigrants already in the United States from obtaining permanent residency or citizenship if they use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance.

Ken Cuccineli, acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” rule during a press briefing at the White House, noting the new policy would encourage “self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or to stay in the United States.”

The rule change will take effect Oct. 15, 2019.