WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The administration of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Monday issued new rules that deny immigrants state aid, such as food aid, health care, housing and other social services, the right of permanent residence and citizenship.
Under the new rules, immigrants considered by the administration as a "burden to society" will not be allowed to enter the United States if they are out of the country, but if they are predominantly on American soil, they will be denied the right of permanent residence, who have already received this green card will lose their right to American citizenship.
The new rules, called "social burdens", target poor immigrants who, after arriving in the United States, are entitled to a limited period of social assistance such as food aid, health care and housing.
"With a burden on society, President Trump's government once again defends the ideals of autonomy and individual responsibility by ensuring that immigrants are able to meet their own needs and succeed here in America," said Ken Kohinelli, acting director of the Department of Immigration of the United States.
The new rules "will protect American taxpayers, support our public assistance system for vulnerable Americans and enforce the law," the White House said in a statement.
The US Presidency recalled in a statement that the US Immigration Act states that those who come to live in the United States cannot become a burden to society.
"For years, this clear requirement has been largely ignored, which places a huge burden on taxpayers in the United States. Today, the burden law will finally apply to society."
The new rules threaten to wipe out the hopes of millions of Spanish immigrants, especially the majority of them working at low wages and partly dependent on this public assistance.
They also close the door on poor and low-skilled immigrants seeking to travel to the United States and gain legal support in the country.