But the new rule stands to have its most dramatic impact on the numbers and demographics of those permitted to immigrate to the United States through a vast array of new criteria to assess whether an individual is "likely" to someday become a public charge.
The overhaul is part of Trump's efforts to curb legal and illegal immigration, an issue he has made a cornerstone of his presidency.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli commented on the new rules, stating, "It's a core principle - the American Dream itself - and it's one of the things that distinguishes us, and it's central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s". He said that through the enforcement of the public charge inadmissibility law, "we will promote these long-standing ideals and immigrant success".
This rule change on benefits could be the most drastic of all the Trump administration's immigration policies, experts have said.
Most immigrants are ineligible for the major aid programmes until they get green cards but the new rule published by the Department of Homeland Security expands the definition of a public charge that stands to disqualify more people.
Advocacy organizations and legal expertshave warnedthat the Trump administration's rule - which theNew York Timesdescribedas a "top priority" of Miller - could force low-income immigrants to choose between vital public assistance programs and the security of permanent residency.
According toCBS News, thelong-anticipatedpolicy "would require caseworkers to consider the use of government housing, food, and medical assistance such as the widely-used Section 8 housing vouchers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicare's Part D prescription drug coverage" when examining permanent residency applications. "We must ensure that non-citizens do not abuse our public benefit programs and jeopardize the social safety net needed by vulnerable Americans", the White House said.
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Immigration officials, under the change, could also take into account an applicant's financial resources, health, education, skills, family status and age.
"With one regulation, they are attempting to scratch two itches: one is penalizing immigrants for using public benefits that they are legally entitled to, and the other is cutting legal immigration in half", said Doug Rand, a former Obama administration official and an immigration consultant.
The rule is prospective, and will only apply to applications starting October 1.
If applicants are found to make use of such programs, it could be considered a "negative factor" by officials considering their green card or temporary visa applications. Advocates for immigrants have criticized the plan as an effort to cut legal immigration without going through Congress to change US law.
The change would dramatically expand the government's definition of the centuries-old term "public charge", effectively making it more hard for certain low-income immigrants to secure permanent residency (green cards) or temporary visas.
In early 2018, Trump rejected a bipartisan effort in Congress to reform the nation's immigration system that became embroiled in controversy over accusations by a Democratic senator that the Republican president profanely disparaged African and Caribbean nations in regard to their immigrants.
The State Department already changed its foreign affairs manual in January 2018 to give diplomats wider discretion in deciding visa denials on public-charge grounds.