New Trump Immigration Policy Shows America is Only for the Wealthy

President Donald Trump’s administration is announcing a change to the usual protocol for offering green cards and visas to immigrants.

In yet another hurtful attack on immigrants in the United States, the Trump administration has found one more way to harm†people who want to become U.S. citizens: undermining the ability to get help as they establish themselves in the country. Now, any use of a government service will put their green card process in jeopardy, and that’s exactly the way the far right wants it.

“The Trump administration announced a proposed rule Saturday that would make it harder to obtain visas or green cards for immigrants already in the U.S. legally, as well as those seeking to enter, if they have ever been dependent on certain public benefits, like Medicaid, food stamps or public housing,” NBC News reports. “The proposal, which can become a rule after a public comment period, rewrites a 1999 rule that limited green cards for immigrants who were dependent on cash benefits, but did not take into consideration health care or other non-monetary benefits.”

The new proposal is especially onerous for future U.S. citizens, because it uses†Medicaid as one of the forms of “assistance” the administration will consider when determining if an immigrant should receive a green card or visa. Because so many states have expanded Medicaid to cover those of moderate income who do not get health insurance from their employers, far more peopleóboth citizen or notóare using Medicaid for their health care needs. But it’s the non-citizens who would get punished for it, as they could be turned down for any status on the grounds†that they’d be a potential “drain” on the country’s resources.

“The current ‘public charge’ definition is so narrow that the government almost never rejects applications [for visas and green cards] on those grounds,” Vox.com explains. “The Trump administrationís proposed new definition, on the other hand, would require a far-ranging inventory of an immigrantís history and economic prospects. It would give enormous discretion to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to reject an immigrantís application for admission, or for a green card, because the officer feels the immigrant doesnít make enough money to support a large family or doesnít have the resources to provide health care for a preexisting condition.”

The new move is yet another extreme attempt to curb immigration,†one highly favored by Stephen Miller, a White House aide often suspected to be an ally to the White Nationalist movement.

While the rule is unlikely to affect undocumented immigrants, who are unable to get any form of governmental assistance, it will force those who aren’t citizens and are in the country hoping to stay to choose between using benefits to help their families succeed, but putting their futures in jeopardy, or struggling without adequate medical care or other support in order to bolster their chances to remain.

Meanwhile, in what is truly the most American-eqsue result of the change, the rich should be unaffected.

According to the L.A. Times, the administration has allowed one form of immigration to increase into the United States: the millionaires. “The message is clear: The poor and downtrodden are no longer welcome; the underprivileged are undeserving of a shot at life in the U.S. Wealthy foreigners, on the other hand, are finding their chances markedly improved under Trump,”†writes Yoonj Kim. “In 2016, before Obama left office, fewer than 82% of processed EB-5 applications were accepted. A few months later, under Trump, the approvals had jumped to more than 92%. While the administration restricts immigration across the board, more rich foreigners are purchasing U.S. residency than any other time in recent memory. The American dream is pay to play.”

So much for “Give me your tired, your poor.” Today’s America is only for the rich, both citizens and non-citizens alike.

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39 comments

Camilla V
Camilla Vaga5 months ago

thx

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 months ago

(Continued...)
~High-quality housing: The market in Norway is full of charming and modern houses and apartments you can buy or rent for a high standard of living.
~High-quality public education and free college education: Norway is a peaceful and safe country that favors equality and places great importance on education. Norway is known to offer a high quality of life in many aspects including education, which means that they have numerous high-quality learning institutions. The country also offers free college and university education to everyone, whether they're Norwegian or not.

So why the hell would they want to come here?

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 months ago

I guess trump deserves a small amount of credit. Didn't he say he'd be willing to accept any Norwegians who would like to move to our country.

~According to a United Nations agency report, Norway is currently the happiest place on Earth. It ranks highly in all areas that support happiness such as freedom, health, caring, generosity, honesty, good governance and income. It’s really safe and peaceful country.
~Besides being the happiest place on Earth, Norway is also one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world. The crime and the incarceration rates in Norway are extremely low. Police officers don't even carry guns and robberies are very rare, which makes Norway one of the safest places to live in and travel to.
~High-quality healthcare for all: The quality of public healthcare in Norway is high and it's covered under the national system.
~High salary and high standard of living: Salaries in Norway are among the highest in the world and the unemployment rate is very low.
~Long holidays: The Norwegians love to work hard but they also want to play hard. If you're on a local working contract, you will enjoy five weeks of holidays per year in addition to the many national holidays throughout the year.
~Short working hours: Compared to other countries, Norway has significantly shorter working weeks. Norwegians usually work 7.5 hours per day (37.5 per week) with half an hour for lunch.
~High-quality housing: The

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Janet B
Janet B5 months ago

Thanks

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

I think most illegal residents are those who enter on holiday or student visas and vanish. If someone is not bothered to go through the legal process why should they get the same rights as those who do? Or there is no point in having a legal process.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara5 months ago

I do not know who should or should not be allowed to enter and live, but every nation should certainly be able to decide who gets to live there and who does not. Australia has a rule that immigrants must have health insurance in place and speak English and have enough money in the bank as the authorities decide.

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn5 months ago

OMG !

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Danuta W
Danuta W5 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Mary B
Mary B5 months ago

Wouldn't you love to see Trump striped of everything and forced into his oh so great labor market that he thinks he created and he has to wear a tracking collar so we can see him try to get and hold a job? If he can't survive his own policies for several years, he doesn't get his wealth back ever. Justice at last.

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Sue H
Sue H5 months ago

Just shameful. :(

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