Immigrants who are suffering from illnesses and who do not have enough savings to cover medical costs could begin finding it more difficult to become a permanent resident of the United States. This is one of the many new circumstances being added to the tightening criteria from immigration officials when reviewing applications for U.S. citizenship and green cards.
Under the administration of Trump, these are the latest efforts to discourage and limit immigration and the reliance of people on safety-net programs. It has not been much of a secret that one of the main priorities under the current administration is to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration using a number of measures. Officials are looking to implement a wider variety of bureaucratic barriers.
The government has significantly decreased the number of refugees allowed to be admitted into the country. They have also started tightening the access immigrants have to the asylum system and increased the number of regulations allowing officials to detain and deport illegal immigrants.
Under the new health rules, there will be significant changes in the likelihood an immigrant will be able to rely on government benefits if they become a citizen. According to immigration advocates, this could have a long-term consequential impact on the country. The advocates are also worried that the administration under President Trump is being hateful and causing a visible wall to be erected that will keep immigrants out based on factors they cannot control.
The idea of “public charge” refers to someone who might need public assistance with things such as housing, food or healthcare. Many who are against immigration feel any immigration applicants considered to be a public charge should have a smaller chance of getting permanent status. Until recently, only a limited set of criteria could be used by officials to make this determination.
The criteria used until now only included family status, age, finances, health conditions and skills or education. Under the new laws, the list of criteria is going to grow exponentially with more specific guidelines. The administration says these new guidelines are to help enforce the ideas that citizens need to be self-sufficient and take on the personal responsibility to successfully support themselves once they become an American citizen.
Those applying for citizenship can be in danger of being denied their permanent or temporary citizenship if they are judged to have no prospect of future employment and may have to receive public benefits.