The dramatic new plans were posted on the Department of Homeland Securities website (Image: GETTY )
The dramatic new plans were posted on the Department of Homeland Securities website on Sunday.
Under the proposals, immigrants can be denied “lawful permanent residency” in the US if they have received any of a number of state benefits.
These include food stamps, health assistance via Medicaid and temporary financial assistance programmes.
Using these benefits could stop migrants receiving a green card, giving them the right to reside permanently in the US.
According to the 447-page document, titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds”, the Department of Homeland Securities said: “Self-sufficiency has been a basic principle of United States immigration law since this country’s earliest immigration statutes.”
It added that US policy states that “the availability of public benefits should not constitute an incentive for immigration to the United States”.
However, the proposals have been attacked by migrant rights groups, which claim they could have a dramatic impact on poor migrants.
A statement from the National Immigration Law Centre said: “President Trump just announced a devastating new proposed regulation that would harm countless immigrant families and all of our nation’s communities.”
The availability of public benefits should not constitute an incentive for immigration (Image: GETTY )
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