Trump’s New Welfare Rule Cuts Immigration Against Congressional Will

Only wealthy immigrants will have a clear shot at being admitted or staying.

by Shikha Dalmia

President Donald Trump’s much-awaited “public charge” rule to discourage immigrants from using welfare was released yesterday. It was even worse than expected. Under the pretext of cracking down on welfare use by immigrants, it will constrict immigration so much that only the most well-heeled immigrants will be able to enter the United States going forward.

Basically, Stephen Miller, the anti-immigration White House aide who fathered this 800-page rule, is trying to accomplish through administrative means what he couldn’t through legislative ones; namely, dramatically slashing legal immigration and transforming America’s family-based immigration system into an extreme merit-based one.

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