Biden Cancels Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule

President Joe Biden has once again furthered his commitment to end political wins made by the Trump administration.

The Biden administration’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reverted the government’s definition of “public charge” as of Dec. 23.

Under the Trump administration’s 2019 public charge rule, there were exclusions for foreign nationals seeking green cards, who had previously relied on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, Section 8 rental assistance, and most other forms of housing assistance.

One of Biden’s first orders of business, when he took office, was to scrap the progress Trump’s “public charge” rule had made. As of last week, the reverted rule went into effect.

A Dec. 19 press release from the USCIS states that:

“The rule restores the historical understanding of a ‘public charge’ that had been in place for decades until the prior Administration began to consider supplemental public health benefits such as Medicaid and nutritional assistance as part of the public charge inadmissibility determination. The rule announced today speaks to the Biden Administration’s commitment to restoring faith in our legal immigration system.”

The change seems untimely and unfortunate as the U.S. border is experiencing a historic surge of immigrants with the Biden administration’s border policies. It also seems a bit unfair to American taxpayers since self-sufficiency has always been a basic principle of the U.S. immigration system stemming back to the 1800s.

Nevertheless, the Biden administration continues to put Americans last in its never-ending destruction of the U.S. economy and the well-being of the American middle class.

Jonathan Tobin, Editor in Chief at Newsweek, argues that the reverted rule is an “open invitation for the United States to become an international welfare state at the expense of American taxpayers.”

Tobin believes the Biden administration is “ensuring that any presidential successor will have a hard time reinstating rules about not allowing those on government assistance to become legal permanent residents.”

The Biden administration may need a reminder of U.S. law that states, “it continues to be the immigration policy of the United States that aliens not depend on public resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own capabilities and the resources of their families, their sponsors, and private organizations.”