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IMMIGRATION/REGULATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Monday [8-12-19] broadened his assault on the nation’s immigration system, issuing a new rule targeting legal immigrants who want to remain in the United States but whose lack of financial resources is judged likely to make them a burden on taxpayers. The new regulation is aimed at hundreds of thousands of immigrants who enter the country legally every year and then apply to become permanent residents. Starting in October, the government’s decision will be based on an aggressive wealth test to determine whether those immigrants have the means to support themselves. Poor immigrants will be denied permanent legal status, also known as a green card, if they are deemed likely to use government benefit programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing. Wealthier immigrants, who are designated as less likely to require public assistance, will be able to obtain a green card.”

Michael D. Shear and Eileen Sullivan, “Trump Policy Favors Wealthier Immigrants for Green Cards,” The New York Times online, August 12, 2019

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