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T.J. Kirkpatrick / The New York Times

T.J. Kirkpatrick / The New York Times

Expansion of the "Public Charge" regulation

On Monday, the Trump administration released a regulation that could impact the immigrant population in the US. The "public charge rule" will make it more difficult for individuals who rely on government support such as Medicaid, housing benefits, and food stamps to obtain legal status.

What is "Public Charge?"

 The "public charge" provision was introduced as a part of the Immigration Act of 1882. It was intended to ensure that immigrants would not become a burden to the American taxpayer. In 1996, the term was revised to apply to someone that is primarily dependent on government assistance – in other words, the government provides more than half their income.


LEANING RIGHT:

New York Post: Sorry, but it’s not racist to screen out migrants who’ll be a burden

Breitbart: Trump ending welfare-dependent immigration, saving taxpayers billions

The right contends that the reactions to the new "public charge" rule are overblown. They point out that even during the 19th and 20th centuries, both periods of mass immigration, those who came to the U.S. had to guarantee that they would not become a "public charge." Furthermore, the right highlights that this rule will benefit taxpayers in the form of a $57.4 billion tax cut β€“ the amount they claim immigrants are costing taxpayers in welfare, schooling, and crime. They also point out that 63% of non-citizen households use at least one form of welfare, compared to 35% of native-born households.  

LEANING LEFT:

New York Times: Trump policy favors wealthier immigrants for green cards

Bloomberg: Trump takes aim at legal immigration with reviews on public aid


The left
 argues that this is an attempt by the Trump administration to further crackdown on legal immigration. They claim that this weaponizes programs that are intended to help people and targets people of color. The left emphasizes that this will prevent people from seeking critical healthcare and nutrition support, which will result in long-term consequences. They claim the administration is favoring wealthier immigrants for green cards.


Where's the common ground?

The only common ground between the two sides is regarding their explanation of the new rule and who it impacts.

The general mood of this provision

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