DHS is planning on denying green cards to legal immigrants if they receive federal or state aid
February 10, 2018 11:35 AM
The Trump administration, in another effort to reduce legal immigration, wants to deny permanent residence to hundreds of thousands of foreigners living legally in the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to deny so-called “green cards” to legal immigrants and their children if they receive federal or state aid — even if the children are U.S.-born.
A draft of the new DHS regulation, first published by the Reuters news agency, targets immigrants who receive food stamps, Medicaid benefits, rent and utilities subsidies and those who enroll their children in public schools.
“Non-citizens who receive public benefits are not self-sufficient and are relying on the U.S. government and state and local entities for resources instead of their families, sponsors or private organizations,”the draft states.
If such a regulation had been in effect in 2016, about 383,000 immigrants who received public benefits would have been denied permanent residence, according to Reuters.
“An alien’s receipt of public benefits comes at taxpayer expense and availability of public benefits may provide an incentive for aliens to immigrate to the United States,” the DHS draft added.
Receiving public assistance could impair the case of the immigrants applying for permanent residence, according to the text.
A U.S. Immigration spokesperson declined comment to Reuters, saying the change is only a proposal. It would not affect permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship.