The Trump administration announced a new immigration rule to limit legal immigration to the United States, but it’s facing strong reactions from Democrats.
Under the new regulation— the expanded “public charge” rule—the U.S. government could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers, or other forms of public assistance.
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced the rule at a press briefing at the White House on Monday morning, Aug. 11. He said, “We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet. If people are not able to be self-sufficient, then 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.”
“To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” said President Trump.
““A poor person can be prepared to be self-sufficient. Many have been through the history of this country. Let’s not look at that as the be all and end all, it’s not the deciding factor. Which is why we continue to use the totality of circumstances test,” he added.
Just hours later, the House Committee on the Judiciary—Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Zoe Lofgren released a statement to criticize new DHS immigration rule.
“Denying green cards to immigrants who are here lawfully solely because they have participated in public health & nutrition programs, which they are legally able to do, goes far beyond what the admin has the lawful authority to do,” Nadler said.
Denying green cards to immigrants who are here lawfully solely because they have participated in public health & nutrition programs, which they are legally able to do, goes far beyond what the Admin has the lawful authority to do. Read my statement here: https://t.co/5txuUM592U
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) August 12, 2019
He added, “This proposal goes far beyond what the Administration has the lawful authority to do and clearly violates congressional intent. We fully expect the courts to intervene and halt this cruel and unlawful rule.”
In the meantime, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) said Monday her office will sue the Trump administration over this new “public charge” rule.
“President Trump’s new public charge rule is yet one more example of his Administration turning its back on people fighting to make a better life for them and their families,” James said in a statement.
“Under this rule, children will go hungry; families will go without medical care. I am committed to defending all of New York’s communities, which is why I intend to sue the Trump Administration over this egregious rule,” she added.
This is yet another action by the Trump Administration to restrict legal immigration into our country.
Denying people a path to citizenship simply because they depend on public benefits is patently un-American.
We will fight back. https://t.co/0x1ljuF9N5
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 12, 2019
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) also blasted the rule, saying in a statement Monday afternoon that the state is “actively reviewing the details to determine next steps,” according to the Hill.
“This is a reckless policy that targets the health and well-being of immigrant families and communities of color, with widespread implications for our state’s health care, housing, and affordability,” Newsom said.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) vowed to fight this new “public charge” rule.
“This vile rule is the Trump Administration’s latest attack on families and lower income communities of color,” Becerra said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) defended the new rule by tweeting, “Since 1882, fed law has required immigrants not to become “public charges.” We want immigrants to work toward the American dream, not be on welfare. Clinton Admin weakened that rule. Trump enforces fed law?”
NYT excels at self-satire. Since 1882, fed law has required immigrants not to become “public charges.” We want immigrants to work toward the American dream, not be on welfare. Clinton Admin weakened that rule. Trump enforces fed law? NYT: “favors wealthy!” https://t.co/bjSHl6DS82
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 13, 2019
President of Turning Point USA Proud capitalist, Charlie Kirk, hailed the news by asserting, “New immigration rule banning welfare-dependent migration will save Americans 57.4 BILLION dollars every year!”
HUGE:@realDonaldTrump‘s new immigration rule banning welfare-dependent migration will save Americans 57.4 BILLION dollars every year!
EVERY 2020 Democrat will reverse this rule
We cannot let them take back the White House and reverse this massive tax break
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 12, 2019