Top Immigration Official Explains New Trump Admin Rule Requiring Immigrants to Be ‘Self-Sufficient’

Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli is outlining a new rule laid out by the Trump administration that could limit legal immigration.

Migrants who come to the U.S. could be affected by the Trump administration’s latest immigration move, as the president is tightening down on migrants who apply for permanent or temporary visas but rely on government assistance.

As IJR News reported, the new rules — taken from the Immigration Act of 1882 — laid out on Monday could deny a whopping number of immigrants residency as it would place new standards such as one’s income, as well as public assistance including food stamps, public housing, and other aid. The rule is expected to take effect mid-October.

During Monday’s press conference, Cuccinelli made it clear that the latest immigration move is to make sure that migrants who come to the U.S. are “self-sufficient.

“We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient. That’s a core principle of the American Dream. It’s deeply embedded in our history, and particularly our history related to legal immigration.”

The top immigration official said that the new rule prevents migrants who are “likely to become a public charge” from receiving a green card.

He noted that the definition of public charge is revised as “an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36 month period.”

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Cuccinelli declared that the new rule has “no impact on humanitarian-based immigration programs for refugees and asylees.”

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Asked by a White House reporter about the phrase “give me your tired, your poor” on the Statue of Liberty plaque and if it should be taken down due to the new rule, Cuccinelli responded, “I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty.”

“I just note again that generations of immigrants have strengthened the foundation of our country in making positive contributions today and we expect that to continue in the future. Through faithful execution of our nation’s long-standing laws, President Trump’s public charge inadmissibility rule better ensures that immigrants are able to successfully support themselves as they seek opportunity here in America. Throughout our history, Americans and legal immigrants have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to pursue their dreams and the opportunity of this great nation.”

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“As President Trump delivers on his promise to uphold the rule of law, this administration is promoting our shared history and encouraging our core values needed to make the American dream a reality,” Cuccinelli said.

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