CAPS: Rule That Tightens Self-Sufficiency Requirements for Legal Aliens Is A Step in the Right Direction

The Trump Administration has laid out a new rule to tighten “self-sufficiency” requirements for non-citizens living in the United States to prevent them from becoming “public charges” who use government welfare benefits. 

According to Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “a public charge is now defined as an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period.”