The Department of Homeland Security proposed a new immigration rule Saturday to clarify existing law to ensure that immigrants entering the United States can support themselves and will not be dependent on public benefits.
The proposed rule would allow immigration officials to refuse admission and deny extensions to those who might become "public charges." Although those applying for more permanent status always had to prove they will not be a burden, the new proposition would also take programs like food stamps and Section 8 housing vouchers into account.
The term “public charge” first appeared in the Immigration Act of 1882 and was the most common ground for refusing admission at ports of entry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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