Filipinos anticipate wide impact on immigration and govt. services under Trump’s new public charge rule

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Many Filipinos in America know that applying for U.S. permanent residency is already tough as it is.

Wwith the recent announcement of a public charge rule by the Trump administration, those who rely on some government-funded services could actually be denied a green card.

“Public charge means if a person receives certain public benefits during a 12 month period within the past three years, the Trump administration also expanded the list of benefits that a person applies for or received would make them a public charge,” said lawyer Michael Gurfinkel.

Among the items considered as public benefit in the DHS revised definition of public charge are the following:

  • Supplemental security income or SSI
  • Temporary assistance to needy families or Tan-f – commonly known as welfare
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP, also known as food stamps
  • Certain subsidized housing programs such as section 8 and most forms of Medicaid or public aid.

“In the past, if a person had applied for and received those benefits they would not have been considered a public charge, now they may which would disqualify them from receiving a green card, possibly.”

For some Filipinos in New Jersey, they believe that this policy change is at the center of President Trump’s effort to reduce family-based legal immigration… especially for applicants coming from countries where economies have been suffering and incomes are much lower…

“It’s difficult enough to just come into the U.S., and to give another aspect of difficulty to that policy eh di kawawa naman talaga, for filipinos who come to the us kasi walang trabaho sa Pilipinas.”

Jersey city council president Rolando Lavarro said that might not be the case now.

“Now we’re saying, if you’re too poor, that ah, you’re not welcome her… a lot of immigrants have come here to this country, including Filipinos, through the process of family reunification, we’ve never had a litmus test around the idea whether you’re able to pay your own way… it basically allows only the richest be able to come.”

For these Pinoys, actually implementing this new public charge rule could be a challenge for the Trump administration.

“Regarding the fact that if it’s determined, my question would be, how is it determined?”

Gurfinkel said that USCIS and the DHS could looking into an applicant’s immediate future.

But this could also mean a potential impact on family-based petitions especially those for the elderly who can no longer work or those who cannot find a job right away.

If not challenged in court, this new Trump administration rule will take effect on October 15th.

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  • Mario
    22 August 2019 at 7:07 am - Reply

    This LAW was passed by Bill Clinton on 1996, this law had him re-elected. It is called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconcillation Act (PRWORA) signed on Aug 1996, Re-election was Nov 1996. This law also include Reimbursement,the person you petition found he received WELFARE, the SPONSOR will reimburse(return the welfare collected)to the Government.Trump added an immigrant received WELFARE and other benefits, disqualification for Citizenship. When Trump complaint, the removal by Obama Citizenship Question on 2009 Census, he required all Fed Offices to submit the number of Citizen in every District.To justify their budget USDA reported 67% of the Immigrant are receiving welfare. Added to this WH will change Family Ties into Merit base system.US citizen who are voters HATE their tax money given to LAZY Immigrant and illegal Alien. This Clinton Law, will also help TRUMP to get re-elected.

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