The US is going to implement a new rule from Monday. This rule would not allow green cards or legally permanent residency to legal immigrants who took advantage of mass schemes such as food stamps.
This move in the US may affect many Indian citizens who hold H-1B visas and are waiting to get permanent legal residency permission. In this context, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham has said, “The Homeland Security Department will be able to implement its law on Monday following an order from the Supreme Court.”
He further stated, “This decision will provide protection to hard-working American taxpayers, actually secure welfare plans for needy Americans, reduce federal losses and reestablish this fundamental legal principle that newcomers to our society People should be financially self-reliant and should not be a burden on the taxpayers of America. ‘
The final rule published on 14 August 2019 was to come into force from 15 October 2019 but could not be implemented due to various decisions of the courts. With this law, the Department of Homeland Security will identify who a foreign national is not eligible to live in the country and why he or she cannot be allowed permanent residency in the US because that foreigner can become a ‘public charge’ at any time in the future. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, the new law requires a person seeking permanent residency to show that he or she has not availed financially beneficial schemes since attaining non-migrant status. According to the Migration Policy Institute report, 2018, 61 percent of non-Bangladeshi families, 48 percent of non-Pakistani Pakistanis and 11 percent of non-Indian Indian families have received public benefits, which will be examined according to the new law.