The Trump administration released a new regulation Monday that could begin to limit legal immigration in the US.
The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s controversial immigration raids on food processing plants in Mississippi.
The new rule would make it easier to reject green card and visa applications for legal immigrants who rely on or who are likely to rely on public benefits in the future.
The new rule could cause a dramatic drop in the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US.
Critics say the move specifically targets low income immigrants, would keep families apart and prompt legal residents to forgo needed public aid, which could also impact their US citizen children.
Undocumented immigrants would not be affected and the regulation is likely to face legal challenges, but it could still spark fear among the immigrant community.