According to the Washington Post, President Trump will apparently continue his diligent work protecting American taxpayers by signing executive orders that:
- Direct immigration officials at CIS to uphold existing US law which prevents the immigration of public charges, by denying likely applicants, and,
- Direct ICE to deport immigrants who (within 10 years if relative to financial sponsorship timeframes) become public charges that are dependent on taxpayer-funded welfare benefits contrary to US law, and,
- Significantly limit the number of immigrant and temporary work visas issued, again with the focus of minimizing the use of taxpayer-funded benefits by non-citizens.
Current US law:
INA: ACT 212 – GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND INELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION; WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILLITY
Sec. 212. [8 U.S.C. 1182]
(a) Classes of Aliens Ineligible for Visas or Admission.-Except as otherwise provided in this Act, aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States:
4) Public charge.-
(A) In general.-Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.
(An affidavit of support is required for immigrants who claim a family relationship to a US citizen, meaning a citizen must sponsor them, pledging to financially support them if necessary, and reimburse any taxpayer-funded benefits the immigrant may use. The sponsor is responsible financially for 10 years or until the immigrant leaves the country or becomes a citizen).