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20 states demand to block Trump's new immigration rule

Several states want to block Trump's new immigration rule regarding the idea of ​​“a burden on society,” because, in their opinion, this could harm the US economy. Writes about it CNBC.

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Nearly 20 states are trying to block the new “burden on society” rule of the Trump administration, which makes it difficult for legal immigrants to obtain US citizenship, human rights groups warn that this rule will have a different effect: a negative impact on the US economy with potential losses of billions of dollars.

The rule, finalized on 14 on August, increases the likelihood that a legal immigrant who uses benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance for more than 12 months for any 36-month period will be defined as a “burden for society”, jeopardizing the opportunity to get a green card and become a US citizen.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a preliminary injunction to force the judge to advance his lawsuit, demanding a hearing on October 3. The lawsuit states that the rule, which is due to take effect on October 15, punishes immigrants who use social benefits.

“This punitive rule is a threat to our community and goes against our California values,” Becerra said. “We will not stand by as the President’s Administration seeks to leverage social safety net programs that support working families across the country.”

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Liz Schott, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank based in Washington, noted that there are at least six lawsuits related to the public charge rule. “We cannot wait several years. We need to stop this now,” Schott said.

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the rule, which is a new version of what has been in the laws for decades, is designed to ensure that immigrants who become citizens are self-sufficient.

“Throughout our history, self-sufficiency has been a core principle in America. The virtues of perseverance, hard work and self-sufficiency laid the foundation of our nation and defined generations of immigrants seeking opportunity in the United States,” he said.

A California complaint contradicts this premise. It says: “The rule’s construction does not contribute to self-sufficiency because its income threshold is prohibitive even for low- and moderate-wage workers who do not enjoy public goods, and instead stifles the ability of non-citizens to achieve upward mobility, creating barriers to health insurance and legal employment. Self-sufficiency also does not fall under the rule, which does not encourage the use of cashless medical care, housing and food. ”

Critics of the “social burden” rule say that it’s not only cruel, but it can also damage the US economy. According to a report by the Institute of Fiscal Policy (IFP) for the 2018 year, the economy could lose up to 33,8 billion dollars and 230 000 jobs if 35% of immigrants using government assistance, such as Medicaid and food stamps, leave these programs.

The IFP published the report shortly after the Department of Homeland Security proposed this rule in 2018.

“Research from the Fiscal Policy Institute has repeatedly demonstrated the economic benefits that immigrants provide to our country,” said Sierra Roldan, FPI policy analyst. “Any disruption or deterrent effect on immigrants will have an impact on our economy.”

According to the latest estimates from the Pew Research Center, there are 35 million legal immigrants living in the United States. According to an analysis by the Institute for Migration Policy, about 10 million people enjoy social benefits like Medicaid.

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The ripple effect

According to Roldan, when fewer people subscribe to such services, less money goes to the states for these programs, which leads to lower federal payments to the states.

Less benefits also mean less money in consumers' pockets, resulting in fewer grocery purchases and doctor visits, which can lead to less hiring or even job cuts.

Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the Institute for Migration Policy, said the rule is a “huge challenge” for immigrant communities. “The biggest concern,” he said, is that people who are not subject to the rules will stop using help because they don’t understand the parameters of the law.

Refugees and asylum seekers are among those exempted from the new law.

“Food stamps provide essential nutrition assistance for children and families, and if families are afraid to get Medicaid, it will be bad for them because they are not getting the health insurance they need,” he added.

A nationwide study found that 13,7% of adults in immigrant families refused to participate in cashless benefits when the rule was originally proposed in 2018 because of “fear of the risk of becoming a green card in the future.”

According to the Basic Needs Welfare Survey of the 2018 year, this indicator was even higher - 20,7% for low-income families.

Madeline Morsell, a staff attorney at the Mississippi Justice Center, said the regulation is a "burden on society" and is a move by the administration to "punish legal immigrants and their families."

“It is designed to create fear and lead to abrupt disengagement from these programs,” Morsell said. “This is an administrative coup.”

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