Under the law prospective immigrants who are likely to become “public charges” (i.e., dependent on public assistance) can be denied admission, and those who are admitted and later become public charges can be deported. It is a law, however, which is rarely enforced. The Trump Administration is making plans to change this situation.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security stated: “The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S are self-sufficient. Any proposed changes would ensure that the government takes the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer funds seriously and adjudicates immigration benefit requests in accordance with the law.”
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