A draft for an executive order leaked from the Whitehouse (one of many leaks), is going to make it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they show any chance of ever accessing welfare safety nets Medicaid or food stamps.
It’s already Federal law that immigrants are inadmissible if they’re likely to become a “public charge” due to a variety of factors, including their age, health, financial resources and receipt of cash welfare.
But not included is basic safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps. The new draft wants to direct the State Department to think of new ways (standards) to add more means tested programs to the criteria. How one comes up with a way to means test a persons chance of ever needing food stamps or accessing Medicaid in their lifetime remains to be seen.
Trump and his administration seem set on making even legal immigration channels extremely hard to access. The existing law already denies access to people that show to rely on welfare but to bring in Medicaid and food stamps could be used to screen out almost anybody but those with a lot of money.