The Trump administration has rolled out the final version of its so-called 'public charge' rule that could allow authorities to deny temporary visas and permanent residency for immigrants who depend on public benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance.
The announcement was made by Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office Ken Cuccinelli at a press briefing in Washington D.C. on Monday.
Cuccinelli touted the 'public charge' rule as a way to promote "self-sufficiency" and "personal responsibility," which he said would ensure that "immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America."
According to Cuccinelli, a 'public charge' is defined "as an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period."
The new 837-page rule would also encompass immigrants "who are likely to become a 'public charge'."
The 'public charge' rule, which is derived from the Immigration Act of 1882, is set to be officially released on Wednesday and take effect in October.