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Trump Admin Releases Final Version Of Widely Condemned 'Public Charge' Rule

Trump Admin Releases Final Version Of Widely Condemned 'Public Charge' Rule”

But in New York City, where almost 20% of the population relies on SNAP benefits to help feed their families, officials have found that twice as many "eligible noncitizen New Yorkers are either withdrawing from or not enrolling in SNAP" than eligible US citizens, particularly in the past two years as rumors of the coming public charge rule have circulated, according to an analysis by the New York City Department of Social Services and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump's leading aide on immigration, Stephen Miller, takes effect October 15 and would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas for failing to meet income standards or for receiving public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.

The Trump administration has pushed aggressively against undocumented immigrants arguing it favours legal immigration, which it has sought to overhaul at the same time to protect local Americans from being displaced, under the overarching vision laid out by the president, "Buy American, Hire Americans".

"President Trump is enforcing this longstanding law to prevent aliens from depending on public benefit programs", the White House said, adding that the Immigration and Nationality Act makes clear that those seeking to come to the United States can not be a public charge.

It is expected to apply to over 1 million Green Card and visa applicants within the USA and an estimated 13 million more overseas, Rand said.

When asked about whether the rule is unfairly targeting low-income immigrants, Cuccinelli said: "We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet, so if people are not able to be self-sufficient, than this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against them in a decision about whether they'll be able to become a legal permanent resident". But it only counted cash benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income from Social Security.

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The rules are among President Donald Trump's most aggressive efforts to curb legal immigration, part of an overall attempt to restrict immigration and benefits in the U.S. They were met with much criticism when they were proposed last fall.

It is likely to impact Indians even though a lot of them are in the United States either on short-term work visas such as the H-1B and on F-1 visas for students, and are able to take care of themselves without assistance from the government.

Pregnant women, children and members of the military, as well as their families, will be exempt from this rule, however.

The new rule would alter how the government decides if someone is a public charge.

The rule also doesn't impact refugees or asylum seekers. It's unclear whether enforcing the law would make any substantial difference. 'Already, there are anecdotal reports by service providers of people disenrolling from public benefit programs amid fear or confusion about the rule'. It is scheduled for publication on Wednesday as a "final rule", and will go into effect 60 days from then.



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