A proposal crafted by White House senior advisor Stephen Miller and under review by the Trump administration could create barriers for legal immigrants to the United States. The proposal authorizes immigration officials to deny immigration applications for green cards or citizenship from individuals or families that have received benefits from any of the following government programs:
- Subsidies for the Affordable Care Act
- The IRS Earned Income Tax Credit
- The Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Food stamps
These restrictions would apply to immigrants who came to this country legally and who received benefits legally. Nothing in Miller’s proposal would prevent legal immigrants from accessing the benefits provided by these programs. It would instead punish them for doing so.
Attempting to Frame the Debate
Many immigration advocates view Miller’s proposal as a cynical attempt to paint a picture of legal immigrants as drains on society, welfare recipients and potential criminals. By punishing immigrants who legally use these programs by denying them citizenship or green card status, Miller and the Trump administration would continue their current tactics of demonizing families and individuals who came to this country legally in search of a better life.
Dangers for Undocumented and Documented Immigrants
For many immigrants in our area, retaining the professional services of a Miami immigration lawyer can provide added peace of mind. Your Miami immigration lawyer can determine the status of your green card or citizenship application and can streamline the process as much as possible. This can allow you to resolve any issues with your applications quickly, reducing the risk that Miller’s proposal and other changes to immigration regulations could impact your legal status in the U.S.
If you need a qualified and experienced Miami immigration lawyer, Pozo Goldstein can provide you with the representation you need to navigate government requirements and regulations relating to green cards, citizenship applications and resolving issues with visas. Our Miami immigration lawyer team consists of dedicated legal professionals and includes a former judge and two former immigration prosecutors. This depth of experience and knowledge ensures that you receive the most practical guidance for your specific case. Call us today at 305-856-0400. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your family to help you achieve the American dream.