Immigrants may be denied green cards if they’ve received benefits. The regulation could force
millions of low-income families to choose between government assistance and permanent
settlement in the U.S.
The Trump administration proposed expanding its pre-election crackdown on immigration by
denying Green Cards to legal immigrants if they have received government assistance.
According to POLITICO, immigrants can be denied so-called “lawful permanent residency” if
they’ve received certain government benefits- or if the government anticipates that they may do
so in the future. This is an outrageous and unamerican concept.
Even without a change in policy, immigrants are already turning down government subsidies to
help them buy staple foods and infant formula for fear that it could bar them from receiving a
Green Card. POLITICO reported earlier this month that local health care providers in at least 18
states saw drops of up to 20 percent in benefit enrollment- a sign that the mere threat of an
immigration black mark can drive people away from government assistance.
Even at the height of the conservative backlash against separating migrant children from parents
this spring- a decision the administration ultimately reversed- White House officials continued to
view hardline immigration tactics as a winning political message leading into November and the
2020 presidential campaign.
Trump incorrectly stated: “The Democrats think there are no consequences for anyone entering
this country illegally.
The regulation could force millions of low-income families to choose between government
assistance and permanent settlement in the United States. Advocates fear it could ultimately
restrict children’s access to food and health care.
This move could mainly affect legal immigrants and their families, since undocumented
immigrants are not eligible for most federal benefits.
Beware of false and misleading statements from the Trump administration. There is a legal path
to U.S. Green Cards.
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