New Federal Rule Targets Low-Income Legal Immigrants
The White House has unveiled a measure that would deny green cards to migrants deemed to be a financial burden. Effective Oct. 15, the rule will refuse legal permanent residency to those likely to rely on programs like subsidized housing or food stamps. One immigration advocate called it a “cruel new step” that would prevent legal residents from seeking needed assistance.
What are the criteria? Expected to save the government $2.47 billion per year in public benefits, the measure will be applied based on a variety of factors — though an individual’s income topping 125 percent of the $12,490 poverty line would weigh in their favor.