While Americans prepare for Christmas, a new federal rule will quietly take effect to insidiously weaken the integrity of our immigration system. Effective December 23, the rule pertains to how the government determines whether an alien is likely to become a “public charge” reliant on taxpayers to meet basic needs. It doesn’t meaningfully depart from “interim” 1999 guidance by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), but puts the nail in the coffin of President Trump’s 2019 effort to strengthen the rule. This is welcome news for open-borders activists, but it flouts Congress’ intent, erodes the integrity of the legal immigration system, and strains public coffers.
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