On Monday after the Trump administration announced its effort to reduce immigration levels. The legal immigrants obtaining a green card may face many problems due to the policy change. Their public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance may get affected.

The new criteria for “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” will be effective from Oct. 15. It will set new standards for applicants seeking legal permanent residency in the United States. The Trump administration seeks to drive out immigrants who the president sees as undesirable, along with those who might draw on taxpayer-funded benefits.

In the process of obtaining a green card, it will focus on wealth, education, age, and English-language skills. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said, “Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America.” 

“This administration is promoting our shared history and encouraging the core values needed to make the American dream a reality.”

A USCIS official said, “Naturalization applicants are not subject to a new admissibility determination and therefore are not generally subject to public charge determinations,” and claimed that the change will have little to no effect on those who already have permanent resident status who are seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens.

A former Obama administration official and an immigration consultant, Doug Rand stated, “With one regulation, they are attempting to scratch two itches: One is penalizing immigrants for using public benefits that they are legally entitled to, and the other is cutting legal immigration in half.” 

“And the way you cut legal immigration in half is by kicking the doors out from the definition of ‘likely to become a public charge,” he added.

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