US to deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits Aug 13, 2019 0 406 12345 AFPWashingtonThe administration of US President Donald Trump announced on Monday new rules that aim to deny permanent residency and citizenship to migrants who receive food stamps, Medicaid and other public welfare.The change threatens to set back the citizenship hopes of millions of mostly Hispanic migrants who work for low wages and depend in part on public services to get by. It also appeared to close the door for impoverished and low-skilled migrants outside the country hoping to legally obtain a foothold in the United States.Announcing a new definition of the longstanding “public charge” law, the White House said hopeful migrants will not be granted resident visas if they are likely to need public assistance. In addition, those already here and using public services will not be able to obtain green cards or US citizenship.“To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” Trump said in a White House statement.The ruling could impact many of the 22 million non-citizen legal residents of the country, and the estimated 10.5 million unauthorised immigrants, most long-term residents in both groups.It immediately was thrown into question by pro-migrant activists planning to sue and from Democrats in Congress who said they would fight it.“This administration scapegoats immigrants, emboldens white supremacists, and tears families apart. This is racist policy. We will continue fighting to #ProtectFamilies,” tweeted Representative Donna Shalala.The White House said “large numbers” of migrants “have taken advantage of our generous public benefits, limited resources that could otherwise go to vulnerable Americans.” It said half of all non-citizen households include at least one person using Medicaid, the government-run health program, and that 78 percent of households led by a non-citizen with no more than a high school education use at least one welfare programme.“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” said Ken Cuccinelli, acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Cuccinelli said that the new standards would be used to judge non-citizen residents who use public services repeatedly after October 15, 2019.The services that count against an applicant include federal, state and local cash and income assistance, food stamps from the federal SNAP programme, Medicaid, and subsidised housing.Cuccinelli stressed that the new rules did not apply to public assistance programmes for children or pregnant women, or emergency room care. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump administration weakens endangered species law Aug 13, 2019 0 360 US would enthusiastically support a UK choice for no-deal Brexit: Bolton Aug 13, 2019 0 356 Norway mosque shooting suspect to remain in custody for four weeks Aug 13, 2019 0 140 Italy recalls Senate as no-confidence vote looms Rome: Italy’s political crisis edged forward on Monday after party leaders decided to recall the Senate to vote on a timetable that could include a no-confidence vote and spell the end of the populist coalition. .. Greece calls on EU for fairer distribution of migrants Athens: Greece on Monday called on the EU for a fairer sharing of the migrant burden amid deep concern over a sharp increase in arrivals on some islands in recent weeks. “Since July 7, there has not been a single day without .. French ministers call for local investigation into Epstein activities Paris (dpa) - Two French ministers on Monday called for an investigation in France into the activities of Jeffrey Epstein, a US financier and convicted sex offender who was found dead in his New York prison cell in what .. Trump official urges ‘all sides to refrain from violence’ in Hong Kong Washington: A senior official in the administration of US President Donald Trump on Monday urged “all sides” to avoid violence in Hong Kong, while calling for political tolerance. “Societies are best served when .. Brazil’s Bolsonaro warns of Argentine refugee crisis if Macri loses REUTERS RIO DE JANEIRO Right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro warned on Monday that his country could see a wave of migrants fleeing Argentina if a presidential election there returns leftist politicians to ..