Trump’s ‘public Charge’ Rule Limits Legal Immigration, Favors Wealthy, European Immigrants

The Trump Administration unveiled a rule Monday that fundamentally reshapes the way immigration benefits have been granted to immigrants in and outside the country for the past 20 years. On Monday, acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli announced the final public charge rule that would make it easier for immigration officials to deny green cards and other benefits to immigrants if they have used some public programs, don’t meet certain favorable criteria or are deemed to likely become dependent on public benefits. The rule, according to some experts, would heavily favor wealthy immigrants and those from Europe and would make it that much more difficult for immigrants from Mexico and Central America as well as low-income immigrants around the world to gain legal admission to the U.S.   Continue reading...

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