Trump administration could institute rule that would limit legal immigration

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Self-sufficiency, however, will not be the determining factor, he said.

Other critics of the rule worry that it will have a chilling effect on immigrants using public assistance programs that they need for fear that it will hurt their chances of getting a green card.

Advocacy organizations and legal expertshave warnedthat the Trump administration's rule - which theNew York Timesdescribedas a "top priority" of Miller - could force low-income immigrants to choose between vital public assistance programs and the security of permanent residency.

The Trump administration claims its effort to refocus the USA immigration system on merit is not a rejection of long-held American values.

Announcing a new definition of the longstanding "public charge" law, the White House said migrants will be blocked from entering the country if they are likely to need public assistance, and those already here will not be able to obtain green cards or United States citizenship.

Detentions on the southern United States border plunged for the second straight month in July after a deal with Mexico to block Central American migrants, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. It also comes just a week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on seven work sites in MS in what officials called the largest, single-state immigration enforcement action in history.

"While we can not definitively prove that the public charge proposal has caused these changes to SNAP participation, we identify an important correlation that, reinforced by anecdotal and survey evidence, suggests a chilling effect: eligible immigrant families are avoiding SNAP out of fear of potential immigration consequences", city officials wrote in the June analysis.

The National Immigration Law Center announced Monday that it would sue to block the implementation of the new rules, calling them a "racially motivated policy".

The rules are among President Donald Trump's most aggressive efforts to curb legal immigration, part of an overall attempt to restrict immigration and benefits in the U.S. They were met with much criticism when they were proposed last fall. "This rule directly challenges who Texas is today", Dunkelburg said. The definition of public benefits is cash aide including Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), most forms of Medicaid, and a variety of public housing programs, the fact sheet said.

Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington.

"This news is a cruel new step toward weaponizing programs that are intended to help people by making them, instead, a means of separating families and sending immigrants and communities of color one message: you are not welcome here", NILC executive director Marielena Hincapie said in a statement Monday. Some 800,000 green cards were granted in 2016.

The White House for months has been promising to release legislation to reform the legal immigration system, although any such legislation has yet to materialize.

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