What Is Trump’s New Limit To Legal Immigration Rule? | NBC News Now

What Is Trump’s New Limit To Legal Immigration Rule? | NBC News Now


FROM THE PENTAGON, COURTNEY, APPRECIATE IT. APPRECIATE IT.>>>THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION>>>THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INTRODUCED A NEW RULE TODAY THAT INTRODUCED A NEW RULE TODAY THAT MAKES IT HARDER FOR LOW-INCOME MAKES IT HARDER FOR LOW-INCOME IMMIGRANTS TO STAY IN AMERICA. IMMIGRANTS TO STAY IN AMERICA. JIM, WHAT IS THIS RULE EXACTLY? JIM, WHAT IS THIS RULE EXACTLY? HOW DOES IT SPECIFICALLY TARGET HOW DOES IT SPECIFICALLY TARGET LOWER-INCOME IMMIGRANTS? LOWER-INCOME IMMIGRANTS?>>SO AMERICAN LAW SAYS PEOPLE>>SO AMERICAN LAW SAYS PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKELY TO BECOME A WHO ARE LIKELY TO BECOME A PUBLIC CHARGE OF THE GOVERNMENT PUBLIC CHARGE OF THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE DENIED IMMIGRATION CAN BE DENIED IMMIGRATION STATUS. STATUS. WHEN YOU HAVE A WORK VISA, WHEN YOU HAVE A WORK VISA, YOU’RE APPLYING FOR A GREEN YOU’RE APPLYING FOR A GREEN CARD, IF YOU’VE BEEN IN THE CARD, IF YOU’VE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY LEGALLY AND YOU WANT TO COUNTRY LEGALLY AND YOU WANT TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP, THOSE ARE APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE — YOUR ABILITY TO THE PEOPLE — YOUR ABILITY TO PAY YOUR OWN BILLS CAN COME INTO PAY YOUR OWN BILLS CAN COME INTO EFFECT. EFFECT. BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REALIZED THAT THE WORDS “PUBLIC REALIZED THAT THE WORDS “PUBLIC CHARGE” WAS NOT DEFINED IN CHARGE” WAS NOT DEFINED IN FEDERAL LAW. FEDERAL LAW. THEY DEFINED IT BY ESSENTIALLY THEY DEFINED IT BY ESSENTIALLY SAYING, IF YOU RECEIVE SAYING, IF YOU RECEIVE NONMONETARY PUBLIC BENEFITS, NONMONETARY PUBLIC BENEFITS, LIKE HEALTH CARE, FOOD STAMPS, LIKE HEALTH CARE, FOOD STAMPS, THINGS THAT HELP LOWER-INCOME THINGS THAT HELP LOWER-INCOME FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING OR FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING OR HAVING MOMENTS OF HARD TIMES, HAVING MOMENTS OF HARD TIMES, THAT THOSE THINGS COULD ACTUALLY THAT THOSE THINGS COULD ACTUALLY WORK AGAINST YOU ON YOUR WORK AGAINST YOU ON YOUR APPLICATIONS. APPLICATIONS. ON YOUR IMMIGRATION ON YOUR IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS. APPLICATIONS. IF YOU’VE GOT A GREEN CARD AND IF YOU’VE GOT A GREEN CARD AND YOU’VE HAD FOOD STAMPS FOR A YOU’VE HAD FOOD STAMPS FOR A YEAR AFTER SOMEONE IN YOUR YEAR AFTER SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD, LOST FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD, LOST EMPLOYMENT, YOUR GREEN CARD EMPLOYMENT, YOUR GREEN CARD APPLICATION COULD BE DENIED APPLICATION COULD BE DENIED BECAUSE OF THIS. BECAUSE OF THIS.>>WOW.>>WOW. WHEN DOES THIS TAKE EFFECT AND WHEN DOES THIS TAKE EFFECT AND ARE THERE ANY EXEMPTIONS OR ARE THERE ANY EXEMPTIONS OR YOU’RE A LOW-INCOME IMMIGRANT, YOU’RE A LOW-INCOME IMMIGRANT, YOU’VE GOT TO WATCH? YOU’VE GOT TO WATCH?>>THERE ARE SOME EXEMPTIONS.>>THERE ARE SOME EXEMPTIONS. SERVICE MEMBERS. SERVICE MEMBERS. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAID, SOME OF OUR LOWER-INCOME SAID, SOME OF OUR LOWER-INCOME EMPLOYEES ARE ACTUALLY ON FOOD EMPLOYEES ARE ACTUALLY ON FOOD STAMPS AND WE DON’T WANT THEIR STAMPS AND WE DON’T WANT THEIR CITIZENSHIP STATUS TO BE AT CITIZENSHIP STATUS TO BE AT RISK. RISK. IT HAS PREGNANT WOMEN AND IT HAS PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. CHILDREN. CERTAIN BENEFITS THAT ARE CERTAIN BENEFITS THAT ARE EMERGENCY BENEFITS, EMERGENCY EMERGENCY BENEFITS, EMERGENCY MEDICAID IS EXEMPT AS WELL. MEDICAID IS EXEMPT AS WELL. BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT’S BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT’S PRETTY BROAD. PRETTY BROAD.>>I KNOW MIGRATION POLICY>>I KNOW MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE, THAT’S AN IMMIGRATION INSTITUTE, THAT’S AN IMMIGRATION THINK TANK, SORT OF ASSESSED HOW THINK TANK, SORT OF ASSESSED HOW THIS WOULD IMPACT OUR THIS WOULD IMPACT OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? THIS IS A RULE THAT’S BEEN IN THIS IS A RULE THAT’S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR SOME TIME. THE WORKS FOR SOME TIME.>>YES.>>YES. THEY FIRST PRODUCED IT, AN IDEA THEY FIRST PRODUCED IT, AN IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANTED THIS TO LOOK OF WHAT THEY WANTED THIS TO LOOK LIKE, A YEAR AGO, AND THEY FOUND LIKE, A YEAR AGO, AND THEY FOUND IT COULD HAVE REALLY BIG IT COULD HAVE REALLY BIG EFFECTS, IT COULD DRAMATICALLY EFFECTS, IT COULD DRAMATICALLY AFFECT WHO GETS APPROVED AS AN AFFECT WHO GETS APPROVED AS AN IMMIGRANT HERE IN THE COUNTRY. IMMIGRANT HERE IN THE COUNTRY. A LOT OF LATIN AMERICAN A LOT OF LATIN AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS MIGHT HAVE BEEN IMMIGRANTS MIGHT HAVE BEEN APPROVED BEFORE THIS, THIS IS APPROVED BEFORE THIS, THIS IS GOING TO BE GEARED TOWARD THE GOING TO BE GEARED TOWARD THE WEALTHIER, EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS. WEALTHIER, EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS. YOUR ABILITY TO PAY YOUR BILLS YOUR ABILITY TO PAY YOUR BILLS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CONSIDERATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CONSIDERATION IN YOUR IMXWRAUGS STATUS, BUT IN YOUR IMXWRAUGS STATUS, BUT THIS MAKES IT A LOT HARDER. THIS MAKES IT A LOT HARDER. YOUR CREDIT SCORE CAN BE YOUR CREDIT SCORE CAN BE CONSIDERED. CONSIDERED. A LOT MORE, LIKE APPLYING FOR A A LOT MORE, LIKE APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE THAN A LOT OF OTHER MORTGAGE THAN A LOT OF OTHER THINGS IN THE AMERICAN MIGRATION THINGS IN THE AMERICAN MIGRATION SYSTEM. SYSTEM.>>TAKING THE PHRASE “PUBLIC>>TAKING THE PHRASE “PUBLIC CHARGE” AND DEFINING IT, CHARGE” AND DEFINING IT, NARROWING IT DOWN TO SPECIFICS.

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