Trump Administration Expands On Immigration Rule

The topic of Immigration has been a source of a heated debate in America and a thorn in President Trump’s side.

President Trump made campaign promises to reform immigration, build a great wall, and make Mexico pay for it. He has been trying to make good on that promise since his inauguration, but not unchallenged.

Mainstream Social media has been weaponized against President Trump’s administration.

In attempt to implement and expand immigration laws and policies, with an endless onslaught of speculative coverage.

Citizens and immigrants have relentlessly protested the President’s stance due to his actions on immigration. Calling for his impeachment, and the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Meanwhile, the latest proposed change to immigration policy by the Trump Administration, focuses on expanding the “public charge” rule found in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), section 212(a)(4).

“Public charge” was stipulated in the Immigration Act of 1882.

The act classified immigrants who were denied entry into the U.S. that had no means of sustainability. The conditions for denial were based on health, family assets, financial status, education, skills, and age.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently posted an renewed copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Once the rule published in the Federal Register. The public can comment on the proposal for a 60-day period.

The DHS’s defines a public charge as “an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.”

Furthermore, immigration continues to be debatable as it was in was in 1952,. With a surprising difference; Harry S. Truman (D) was president. The 82nd Congress was in session, and democratically run by Senate majority leader Ernest McFarland. As well as house speaker Sam Rayburn (D).

H.R. 5678 (the Immigration and Nationality Act), also known as The McCarran-Walter bill of 1952. Named after Senator Pat McCarran (D), and Congressman Francis Walter (D). Are sponsors of the bill and vetoed by President Truman.

Truman’s veto was overridden by 278 to 112 votes in the house. With 57 to 26 votes in the Senate.

The INA is a matrix of titles, chapters, and sections, recognized as a body of law codified under title 8 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). Its most significant change was in 1965. Granting all immigrants an equal opportunity.

Those advocating for immigration are concerned that this change will make it near impossible to immigrate to the U.S. As well as create undue hardship for those already in there. The administration’s sentiment is optimistic.

According to Melissa Boteach at Center for American Progress, “This is an attack on working families and says that you would have to achieve the American dream somewhere else before you even come here.” Sources from CNN.

“Under the long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” said Secretary Nielsen. “. . . This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers.”(Homeland Security)

Advocacy groups may certainly challenge this rule in court.

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