Trump administration announces new immigration rules to deny people visas for being poor

Trump administration announces new immigration rules to deny people visas for being poor

The Trump administration has unveiled new rules that could deny visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

In the latest effort by the president to place a tough immigration policy at the centre of his 2020 re-election campaign, the new rules will reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas for failing to meet income standards or for receiving public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.

Experts have said the plan could be the most drastic of Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict both legal and illegal immigration.

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The Migration Policy Institute, a research organisation specialising in immigration issues, said that the change could result in more than half of all family-based green card applicants being denied. About 800,000 green cards were issued in 2016.

The new rule, introduced by Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s lead on immigration policy, says that immigrants must be “self-sufficient”.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-immigration-green-card-visa-us-poor-residency-a9054551.html

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