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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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


To the weasel named Paul, Idiot. Melania Trump has never been dependent on government assistance. She speaks multiple languages, and is married to a US citizen. She speaks English and is a LEGAL immigrant. See the difference? No. You’re an idiot. So, are you ready to sponsor some immigrants? Pay for them and provide shelter, food, healthcare? Be legally AND financially responsible for them? No? Then shut the hell up you poseur. Put up or shut up. By the way, picking on a woman just because you don’t like her husband is cowardly, sexist, and stupid. Does picking on women… Read more »


What a concept. Gee, both sets of my Grandparents had to have sponsors to enter the country and had to have jobs waiting or some kind of trade. Back in the day there was no free ride! We already support enough citizen freeloaders, must we support non citizens also? Is there anyone else out there that are tired of paying for everything and everyone else nothing left over for the workers Soon the left will vilify hard workers Who do these idiots think is gonna support a whole country that’s on government assistance They haven’t thought that far ahead. In… Read more »

Steve Zinck

The reporter that asked about the Statue of Liberty is a sad case of our educational system. My father’s parents came to the US in the early 1900s the “public charge” rule was in effect at that time and a lot of years after.

Allen Zabel

Back in 1971, I was wounded in Vietnam and sent to the Fifth Field Army Hospital,Bangkok Thailand, for extended surgeries.
Long story short. I married my nurses aide and brought her back with me.
However, upon arrival at Hawaii, her “port of entry.”
She and I both, were required to sign a statement, that she was not allowed government assistance or welfare for ten years. Lest she be scheduled, for deportation.
Yes, until the Liberal/Communist/Democrats, like Carter and Clinton, this was the law.


That would be like a lot of other countries like the Netherlands which required you have15,000 in the bank years ago and not be dependent on that country. My niece lives there now and just became a citizen. It took many years of living there under a legal status and lots of study for a rigorous two day test where she had to be able to speak very good Dutch and know all the local customs.
What this administration is asking for is reasonable.

Irene Hyink
Irene Hyink

Hopefully things will change fast, as I have applied for a Green Card for my son , whom I can support for 2 years or more .
However , waiting time to get a Green Card can be as long as 13 years ….Los Angeles is still working on applications from 2006 !!!!!


Dems will NOT support this at all! They want to give illegals free everything, including social security! Hell, they love giving people on welfare everything keeping them on the doles. It’s rhetorical but that not what FDR was trying to do when he started the program. It was to be a helping hand for people who needed it, to get BACK on their feet. It wasn’t meant to be a lifelong program, or a generational program. Anytime the government wants to implement change to force them to work, etc. the Dems step in to thwart it.





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