>> To craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform.>> In its pursuit to impose tighter restrictions on US immigration, Reuters has learned the Trump administration is considering new rules that would make it harder for foreigners who receive public aid to become permanent US residents. The proposed regulations drafted by the Department of Homeland Security were seen this week by Reuters Immigration Correspondent, Yegena Torbati.
>> Draft rule that would apply to individuals who are in the United States right now, and are going to be applying to adjust their status to be permanent residents. So these are often people who are family members of US citizens or they are employees of US companies, who are here working and wanna become permanent residents.
>> The rules would mark a sharp departure from current guidelines, in place for nearly two decades, which bar authorities from factoring the use of most non-cash welfare benefits when determining who can stay in the country. And these include things like SNAP, which is a successor to food stamps, things like CHIP, which is for children to receive health insurance.
Things like WIC, which is for poor, pregnant, or nursing women and their children, housing assistance.>> As a result, some immigrants may choose to drop out of these programs, a particular concern for child advocates. The Department of Homeland Security, when contacted by Reuters, did not deny the drafts existence explaining that it's trying to be a good steward of American taxpayer's dollars.
The rule may take months to gain approval and could face legal challenges if adopted in its current form.>> Stop deportation.