President Trump’s New Proposed Immigration Rule
On Saturday evening, September 22nd, 2018. The Department of Homeland Security released a New Proposed Immigration Rule to enforce a long-standing law that promotes self-sufficiency and protects American taxpayers.
“Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” said Secretary Nielsen.
The public charge has been implemented in the United States immigration law for more than 100 years. It states that any individual who is likely to become a public charge [an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence] is inadmissible into the United States. However, receiving public benefits does not automatically make an individual a public charge.
The New Proposed Immigration Rule enforces a new policy prohibiting immigrants from receiving green cards if they have ever used certain government benefits.
Some of these government benefits include; the Children’s Health Insurance Program, food stamps, Welfare, Medicaid, public housing, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
“My mother at one point in our lives received food stamps but she never relied solely off of government benefits. She started off working in a bakery, then got a job in a printing press. Now she works as a certified caretaker and hopes to open up her own Assisted Living Facility,” says Deybis Gayoso, a Junior at Broward College majoring in Hospitality.
“My parents and I came to America from Cuba by winning a lottery. When we arrived we slept in a friends living room for almost a year. Then my parents worked hard to get their own apartment and years later in 1998 they were able to purchase their first home,” says Gayoso.
Gayoso believes that the American dream is achievable with hard work and dedication.
“You can’t ask for handouts your entire life. You have to put in a lot of hard work. Although, I am understanding of people who fall on hard times. When they ask for help they shouldn’t have to worry about not being able to get their green cards because of it.” – Gayoso
President Trump’s stance on immigration become even more apparent on April 6th, 2018. Trump signed a memo to end “Catch and Release” Immigration Policy. This policy was a practice of releasing an immigrant to the community while he or she awaits a hearing in immigration court, as an alternative to holding them in an immigration detention.
“The food in these detention centers are horrible and what they do offer is in small amounts. The detainees are separated from their families. They don’t have access to medical care or access to any of the telephones. They also don’t have a right to a court-appointed lawyer. Yet the people who make it to the detention center are the lucky ones,” Says Dr. Christine Ho, migration scholar and author.
The journey for some immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees can be torturous. They often have to jump from country to country crossing dangerous areas and waters. “They have to keep up and if you get hurt, they will leave you behind,” says Ho.
It’s no secret that President Trump’s immigration plan consists of building a wall across the southern border along with stricter visa policies. He hopes to close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, to end chain migration, and to eliminate the visa lottery program.
“Immigration has become quite complicated as the years have gone by. There are a lot more visa cancellations than I have ever seen. I believe it has something to do with the statement Trump made about the shithole countries,” says U.S immigration lawyer, Donnette Russell-Love.