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US to deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits

WASHINGTON: The administration of US President Donald Trump announced Monday new rules that aim to deny permanent residency and citizenship to migrants who receive food stamps, public health care and other welfare.The new rules threatened to set back the citizenship hopes of millions of mostly Hispanic migrants who work for low wages and depend in part on public services to get by. Announcing a new definition of the longstanding public charge law, the White House said the 22 million non-citizen residents of the United States who are using public services will not be able to obtain green cards or US citizenship. In addition, hopeful migrants will not be granted resident visas if they are deemed too poor and likely to need public assistance. To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient, Trump said in a White House statement. The move expands the Trump administration s broad assault on immigration.The government has already tried to crack down on illegal border crossers. It has also stepped up arrests and deportations of the estimated 10.5 million undocumented migrants who live in the country, two-thirds of whom have been present for more than 10 years.Both groups are largely ethnically Hispanic. The newest move seeks to limit the path to citizenship for millions in the United States legally, tying their future hopes to not using public assistance programs.

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