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|What are the recent changes in immigration policy in the United States?
Since Trump came to power, the immigration policy of the United States has been tightening continuously.
Recently, a series of tightening new policies have been announced.
On September 22, the Homeland Security Department website published a new regulation proposing that legitimate immigrants or their family members who have used public welfare, such as food stamps or "housing subsidy certificates", may face the rejection of green cards, which aims to reduce the burden on the state.
For those who may use public welfare in the United States, it will be more difficult for them to enter the United States or get a green card.
The New York Times reports that the 447-page rule is titled "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds".
The Department of Homeland Security said the new rules would "ensure that those seeking to enter the United States temporarily or permanently remain in the United States can support themselves financially and do not rely on public welfare".
These include the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as Food Vouchers, the Chapter VIII Program for housing assistance, and the Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D) for the elderly.
The term "public burden" first appeared in immigration laws in the 19th century to protect the United States from the burden of too many immigrants who could not contribute to society.
Traditionally, the "public burden" determined by the government means that more than half of personal income comes from government cash assistance.
Now non-cash public welfare, such as food stamps, has also been taken into account.
Under the new rules, immigrants can be asked to pay at least $10,000 in cash bail in limited circumstances to avoid being refused green cards because of the new rules.
The new regulation does not apply to families with incomes less than 15% of the official poverty line, refugees or asylum-seekers entering the country, or legitimate immigrants serving in the military.
Immigrants assisted by natural disasters are also not applicable.
For most applicants, such a new deal may not have much impact, but it certainly sends a signal that American immigration is getting harder and harder.
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