It seems like every time we turn on the news, we are overwhelmed with the latest attempt at curbing immigration of any kind to the US. The last few years, and particularly the last few months have, have been tough on the immigrant community in the US and Utah. We have seen policy changes and raids on companies across the country. The Salt Lake City green card attorneys at Familia America want you to discuss a new policy the administration is suggesting needs to be changed.
What is going on with green cards?
The latest policy suggestion coming from the administration is to implement further limitations on who will be eligible for a green card. The new requirements would force immigrants to “prove they won’t be a burden to the US. If it’s determined they could be, they’ll be at risk of deportation.”
The law already says that those applying for green cards should not become a “public charge.” However, the terms of who should be labeled as a public charge have now be changed to mean those who are “more likely than not” to need public assistance. These decisions are very subjective and will be left in the hands of individual immigration officers.
The parameters to determine who would become a burden is broad, and this announcement has sewed fear into immigrant communities across the country. Many immigrants have already asked to be taken out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Others have made the choice not to submit applications for subsidized housing. Some parents have taken their kids off of Medicaid, even if their children are US citizens.
Yesenia Timoteo, the director for the Utah chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, says this is creating an impossible situation for some immigrants. Many need assistance to live and ensure healthcare and food for their children, but they know they will risk being denied permanent residency.
“It’s a really small population of people impacted,” says Alyssa Williams of the Catholic Community Services in Utah. She adds that it is scaring the entire immigrant community.
Nearly every immigrant who is receiving the services that are now putting their status in jeopardy are paying into the programs through their taxes. We hope that there will be a clarification to exactly how this rule will be measured, but we know this has already negatively impacted the community.
We are ready to step in and help you through this
If you or a family member are working to get a green card, or going through any other immigration-related issues, we are ready to get to work on your behalf. At Familia America, we believe that everyone should be treated fairly in the immigration process and we have a track record of success handling these cases. Even though the immigration system is complex and ever-changing, we will not back down from doing what is right. When you need a Salt Lake City immigration attorney, you can contact us by calling at 801-656-9605 for a free consultation.