California promises to challenge Trump’s new immigrant policy: “We will not stand idly by”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that he is pushing back against the Trump administration’s recently announced “public charge” rule that would decrease some migrants ability to obtain green cards, according to The Hill.

The change comes in the form of giving the added ability for federal officials to deny perminate residence, or a path to citizenship if it’s believed they’re likely to use certain public assistance programs.

“This vile rule is the Trump Administration’s latest attack on families and lower income communities of color,” Becerra said in a statement according to The Hill.

“It will harm our communities, schools, and workplaces by weaponizing essential healthcare, housing, and nutrition programs. We will not stand idly by while this Administration targets programs that children and families across our state rely upon. We are ready to take legal action to protect the rights of all Californians.”

It is as yet unclear what legal grounds Becerra will use to pursue a case against the Trump administration, but it’s noteworthy that the Democratic state attorney general has sued the Trump administration on several occasions for policy changes.

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is extending federal officials ability to deny green cards to those immigrants thought likely to depend on government aid, once in the United States, according to Fox News.

“The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli told Fox News in an interview. “It’s a core principle — the American Dream itself — and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it’s central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s.”

“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,” he said. “It’s not only a recipe for their success, but for America’s success growing out of our immigration system.”

Included in the programs brought into consideration will be Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), as well as most forms of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to Fox News.

The new rule is updating guidance that was set in place in 1999 by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and stated that the reliance on benefits such as SNAP and Medicaid should not be considered as part of the evaluation.

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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