Cuccinelli: People Applying For Green Card Must Be Self-Sufficient, Not In Need Of Public Assistance

This spirit has also been rooted for over a century, well over a century in our immigration laws going back to the 1800s. Since 1996 the law has required foreign nationals to rely on their own capabilities and the resources of their families, sponsors, and private organizations in their communities to succeed. However, Congress has never defined the term public charge in the law, and that term hadn’t been clearly defined by regulation. Well, that is what changes today with this rule.