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A father holds his child during a naturalization ceremony in Greeley, Colorado, on July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Greeley Tribune / Joshua Polson)
A father holds his child during a naturalization ceremony in Greeley, Colorado, on July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Greeley Tribune / Joshua Polson)

There is no room for poor immigrants in Trump’s America

The Department of Homeland Security is presumably designing a strategy to limit legal immigration and naturalization through the modification of the term …

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There aren’t enough obstacles for the Trump administration when it comes to immigration.

New reports suggest that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to modify the statutes of the immigration system dating back more than 400 years, the Washington Post reported.

"DHS wants to change the definition of what constitutes a public charge - someone dependent on the state - to deny green cards to legal immigrants who are low-wage workers by considering their use, or likely use, of almost any government benefit as criteria for determining who may enter or remain in the United States," the report explains.

These benefits include social assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, child health insurance, income tax credit or health care subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act.

The information was initially made public by NBC News after two sources close to the strategy decided to communicate what the government plans behind the scenes, which AL DÍA reported last week.

But the Post goes into detail by explaining that the "public charge" is part of a clause in the immigration law that would allow the government to "take severe measures" against immigrants who depend "fundamentally" on the government for subsistence.

While, currently, to be prevented from entering the country immigrants must arrive without financial means or be considered unfit to work, the government intends to expand the arguments of this clause to deny more applications for residency or even remove the status of some already naturalized immigrants.

This would be the first time in the country's migratory history that the government "categorically" excludes immigrants from receiving public benefits, considering that since the beginning of the 20th century the U.S. immigration law has evolved in view of the immigrant's adaptability in society, and has been held responsible for the conditions of poverty as an administrative matter.

The Post goes further and argues that the Trump administration "wants to deny almost all public benefits to legal immigrants with a simple change of rules, something that should be in the hands of our legislators, not the executive."

If this policy is approved, immigrants will be "dissuaded" from using the public benefits for which they "are eligible," for fear of losing their immigration status, affecting some 18 million resident citizens and 9 million Americans.

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