Green card rule

Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility,” said Ken Cucinelli, acting director of U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Trump administration’s new green card policy aims to ensure that legal immigrants don’t become a “public charge,” or a burden on taxpayers.

But will the new policy save taxpayers money? Or will it actually hurt the economy?

The new rule denies green cards and visa extensions for applicants who are using, or are deemed likely to use in the future, food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and several other benefits.

The administration estimates that nearly 400,000 people will drop out of these programs as a result of the rule. And that will save the government around $1.5 billion a year, according to DHS. But economists and immigration experts told Newsy.com that the policy doesn’t make a lot of sense as a savings tool.

Pia Orrenius of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says states and cities with large immigrant populations will simply pick up the tab.

“When you’re spending less on health care at the federal level, then that’s going to have to be made up for at the state and local level,” she said. That’s one of the reasons that 20 states have recently sued the administration.

They argue that beyond taking on the medical costs for people who cancel Medicaid, they’ll also experience a “prevalence of disease” and “increased poverty.”

Of course if they can’t eat, find shelter or afford clothing they might just the idea and leave.

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