House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed back against the proposed Trump administration “public charge” which would put some immigrants path to citizenship on the rocks.
The rule change predicates a would be permeate resident must be able to support themselves, and not be likely dependent on the government and tax payers to exist once they take up residence in the U.S., and predicted that it would be defeated in court.
“This hateful, bigoted rule is a direct assault on our nation’s proud heritage as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all and a clear attempt to demonize and terrorize the newcomers who make America more American,” the California Democrat tweeted on Tuesday.
This hateful, bigoted rule is a direct assault on our nation’s proud heritage as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all and a clear attempt to demonize and terrorize the newcomers who make America more American. It will be swiftly challenged and defeated in the courts. https://t.co/x5q4E6KpPD
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 13, 2019
Pelosi’s comments were in response to an NBC tweet that quoted acting US Citizenship & Immigration Services Dir. Cuccinelli who offered a change to famous poem attached to Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”
Pelosi’s tweet came just one day after Trump administration’s Monday announcement 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 extension is being hailed as a “public charge” rule that will work to ensure those who are offered permanent residency will be able to support themselves and help keep taxpayers from footing the bill.
“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.
Written by Savannah Pointer.