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“People who come here shouldn’t get immediate public support,” a senior Trump administration told POLITICO at the time. “We should bring people here who contribute and not consume resources.”
Biden has tried to reverse much of the former Trump’s immigration policy and demand a “fair and humane” system.
The proclamation, which Biden overturned on Friday, wasn’t the only Trump-era rule based on immigrant financial resources. The government’s “public charge” rule allowed the government to withhold green cards from legal immigrants who were receiving or were likely to receive public benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps.
In March, the Biden government said it would no longer defend the rule facing legal challenges.
“This is neither in the public interest nor in the efficient use of limited state resources,” said a statement by the Ministry of Internal Security.
The Biden administration recently ended Trump policy that prevented undocumented college students from receiving federal pandemic aid grants for items such as food and housing.
Biden met six DACA recipients in the Oval Office on Friday. The government of Biden has called for a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented people and so-called dreamers. When Biden took office, he almost immediately signed an executive order ending Trump’s so-called Muslim ban, which banned travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
Biden has been heavily criticized by conservatives for handling a surge in migrants, including many unaccompanied children, on the country’s southern border. The number of unaccompanied children in custody has fallen significantly recently.