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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. Photo by Jason Speakman
Trump’s assault on
By Nelson A. King
Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman,
Yvette D. Clarke on Monday condemned
United States President Donald J.
Trump’s broadened assault on Caribbean
and other immigrants by issuing new
regulation aimed at legal immigrants
who wish to remain in the US but whose
dearth of financial resources are deemed
likely to make them a burden on US taxpayers.
“Today’s public charge rule announcement
has yet again come on the wrong
side of history, treating immigrants as
less than human,” Clarke, the daughter
of Jamaican immigrants, told Caribbean
Life. “The public charge rule means
law-abiding immigrants will be put in
an impossible position, having to forfeit
health care, nutrition and housing programs
in order to get a green card or
receive other lawful status.
“Every single one of us has needed
help from somebody else at some point in
our lives, and this administration has lost
sight of this fact with this compassionless
public charge rule publication,” added the
representative for the 9th Congressional
District in Brooklyn. “This rule is a way
our administration has yet again bullied
immigrants who will now be afraid to
seek out essential services to which they
are lawfully entitled.
“Where our ‘leader’s’ heart is supposed
to be, is instead filled with hatred, bigotry
and xenophobia,” Clarke continued.
“Trump’s lackeys have followed his savage
direction with such a cold disregard for
Brown and Black people.”
The congresswoman said the new rule
focuses on hundreds of thousands of Caribbean
and other immigrants who enter
the US legally annually, then apply to
become permanent residents.
But, effective in October, Trump’s public
charge rule will focus on what it characterized
as a wealth test in determining
if those immigrants have the resources to
They would, therefore, be denied a
green card if immigration officials find
that they are likely to benefit for government
entitlement programs, such as food
stamps and subsidized housing.
On the other hand, immigrants with
more resources and less likely to depend
on the system will be issued a green card
or permanent resident status.
In making the announcement on Monday,
the United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) said that
the final rule amends the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations
by prescribing how DHS will determine
whether an immigrant, referred to “an
alien”, is inadmissible to the United States
based on his or her likelihood of becoming
a public charge at any time in the
future, as set forth in the Immigration
and Nationality Act.
USCIS said the final rule addresses its
authority to permit an immigrant to submit
a public charge bond in the context of
adjustment of status applications.
The rule also makes nonimmigrant
immigrants who have received certain
public benefits above a specific threshold
generally ineligible for extension of stay
and change of status.
“For over a century, the public charge
ground of inadmissibility has been part of
our nation’s immigration laws. President
Trump has delivered on his promise to the
American people to enforce long-standing
immigration law by defining the public
charge inadmissibility ground that has
been on the books for years,” said USCIS
Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli.