UPDATED 9:47 AM PT — Monday, August 12, 2019
The Trump administration has introduced a new immigration rule, which could reduce the number of legal immigrants allowed to stay in the country. On Monday, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli announced the final rule, which makes it easier for green cards and visa applications to be rejected.
The rule expands the range of disqualifying programs to include receiving welfare benefits, food stamps, and public housing. Cuccinelli said this is necessary to make legal immigrants “self-sufficient and not reliant on the government to meet their needs.”
“Throughout our history, self-reliance has been a core principle in America,” he stated. “The virtues of perseverance, hard work, self-sufficiency, laid the foundation of our nation and have defined generations of immigrants seeking opportunity in the United States”.
The rule will take effect on October 15th with exemptions for refugees and asylum seekers.
#NEW: Acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services office Ken Cuccinelli on new requirements for green card applicants: "President Trump's administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility." #OANNpic.twitter.com/HMNPBVsxPY
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) August 12, 2019