Trump Reimposes Wealth Test For Green Card

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Trump Reimposes Wealth Test For Green Card
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On Tuesday, the new policy got revised reimposing the “public charge” wealth test for green cards that are reshaped during the pandemic. This is expected to alert advocates who have informed of the result the policy is having on devastated immigrant communities by the COVID-19.

The last year’s rule of granting or denying permanent residency to applicants of public perks like housing vouchers, food stamps etc. was blocked this July by the law as it was hindering the efforts taken to restrain the coronavirus in the country.

Citing declarations by local officials and doctors who stated immigrants in the country fretted they could risk their immigration standing, by opting for government aid and medical treatment during this difficult period. Judge George Daniels decided to block the implementation of the policy for the duration of the national COVID-19 emergency. 

Nevertheless, succeeding orders by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, including the one this month, restrained and finally barred Daniels’ ruling, enabling the Trump administration to implement the public charge test again.

About the “Public Charge”

It was first included in U.S. law in the early 1880s. The term “public charge” typically implies being an economic strain on the country. It was applied to ban Chinese immigrants, followed by banning the entry of some low-income immigrants. 

In 2019, Trump expanded the definition by even deporting in some cases, succeeding Clinton guidance. The 2019 rule broadened the type and amount of benefits that count against immigrants seeking to stay in or move to the U.S.

The 2019 rule extended the amount and type of benefits that include against immigrants attempting to move to or stay in the U.S. It also stated that immigration caseworkers to examine enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), several federally funded Medicaid benefits, and a variety of forms of government-subsidized housing, including Section 8 vouchers. The law is to give the immigrants self-sufficiency who are planning to stay long term.