The Trump administration has unveiled new rules that could deny visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor. The new rules will 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. Experts
The new rules will 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.
Experts have said the plan could be the most drastic of Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict both legal and illegal immigration.
The Migration Policy Institute, a research organisation specialising in immigration issues, said that the change could result in more than half of all family-based green card applicants being denied. About 800,000 green cards were issued in 2016.
The new rule, introduced by Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s lead on immigration policy, says that immigrants must be “self-sufficient”.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the US citizenship and immigration services, denied that the change was targeting Latinos, saying: “If we had been having this conversation 100 years ago, it would have applied to more Italians.”
Mr Cuccinelli told Fox News: “The principle driving it is an old American value and that’s self-sufficiency.
“It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done.”