President Donald Trump has rolled out new immigration rules that will deny visas and permanent residency to immigrants who are not economically stable.
Applicants will not get a temporary or permanent visa if they don’t meet the income threshold and if they receive public assistance.
This will ensure immigrants “do not depend on public resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own capabilities, as well as the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations,” a notice published in the Federal Register said.
The rule comes from the Immigration Act of 1882 which gives the US government power to deny any immigrant a visa who is likely to be a “public charge”.
“It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done,” the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, said.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, more than half of all the family green card applicants could be denied.
In 2016, a total of 800,000 green cards were issued.