Community weighs in on new regulation aimed at immigrants

SALISBURY, Md. – The Trump Administration has announced a new regulation that could limit legal immigration in the United States, while affecting hundreds of immigrants on Delmarva.

“After that regulation it’s going to be harder, so I don’t think it’s going to be easy for us,” said Fednel Paul, a resident in Salisbury.

Immigrants who are looking to get their green card will have to prove that they will not be a burden to the country. So, U.S. Immigration officers will know have to weigh public assistance and household incomes to determine whether to grant legal status.

“That’s gonna affect all my family,” said Paul, “For example, if someone use food stamp or medicare.”

26-year-old Fednel Paul tells 47ABC, he has brothers and sisters desperately looking to stay in the country legally and with the regulation they simply do not make enough money to meet these new requirements.

“My dad just working by himself because he’s been like fired one year ago and me, just now, I’m learning how to drive a bus to get my job,” said Paul.

“So, that’s really one of the challenges is how will they be able to apply for their green card if they don’t make sufficient income in the first place,” said Steven Planzer, an immigration attorney in Salisbury.

It’s a situation immigration attorneys say will be putting yet another strain on potential immigrants in the future.

“Without looking at the numbers a lot of them will struggle to meet this new requirement,” said Planzer.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, says of the regulations:

The acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services says of the regulations: the benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens as legal permanent residents first who can stand on their own two feet who will not be reliant on the welfare system especially in the age of the modern welfare state, which is so expansive and expensive.

The complex regulation is set to go into effect in less than 60 days.

Anyone with questions about how it can affect them, their family or friends is encouraged to reach out to an immigration attorney.

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