The Trump administration said Monday it will make it more difficult for immigrants who rely on food stamps or Medicaid to become U.S. citizens.
Acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli said in a press briefing: “We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient,” he said. “That’s a core principle of the American Dream. It’s deeply embedded in our history, and particularly our history related to legal immigration.”
“Under this policy, intended to determine who is considered ‘admissible’ to the U.S., immigrants would have to provide evidence of their financial status.”
Under this policy, intended to determine who is considered “admissible” to the country, immigrants would have to provide evidence of their financial status. It’s based on the risk of an immigrant becoming what is loosely defined by the government as a “public charge,” meaning someone who is primarily dependent on government assistance.
This includes applications for public benefits in the U.S., proof of private health insurance to cover certain medical conditions, and their credit histories and credit scores.
Credit reports and scores can reveal information about a person’s bill payment history, current debt, work and residence history, lawsuits or arrests and bankruptcies in the U.S., as well as whether or not that person is “self-sufficient,” according to the proposal.