The Trump Administration’s
“public charge” proposal is now open for public
This ungenerous and unwelcoming idea is to use participation in
benefits for the poor—food assistance programs among them—as a
way to deny residency or citizenship to those coming to live or
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…proposes to
require all aliens seeking an extension of stay or change of
status to demonstrate that they have not received, are not
currently receiving, nor are likely to receive, public benefits as
defined in the proposed rule.
Why is DHS doing this? Ostensibly, because it
seeks to better ensure that applicants for admission to the
United States and applicants for adjustment of status to lawful
permanent resident who are subject to the public charge ground of
inadmissibility are self-sufficient, i.e., do not depend on public
resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own
capabilities and the resources of their family, sponsor, and
What programs constitute a public charge?
- Any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial
license provided by an agency of the United States or by
appropriated funds of the United States; and
- Any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted
housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment
benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or
assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family
eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by
appropriated funds of the United States.
Brilliant move. It kills two birds with one stone: it
discourages immigration, and saves money (those tax cuts for the
wealthy make this necessary).
Jan Poppendieck explains, this proposal revises the promise of
the Statue of Liberty to read “don’t give me your tired and
The proposal is open for public comment until December 10.
I hope it gets lots.
Source: FS – All – Food and Nutrition Blogs
Trump’s “public charge” proposal: just say no