Immigration 101: What is “Public Charge” and What Changes is the Trump Administration is Proposing?

The Trump Administration is seeking to dramatically limit the ability of working-class immigrants to enter the U.S. and hamper their ability to remain, by making it easier to bar immigrants from the U.S. if they are likely to need help. The proposed “public charge” change could prohibit immigrants from obtaining permanent residency or from entering the country if they make less than $73,550 for a family of five.

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Famous American Companies Founded By Immigrants

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Shape America’s Startup Economy

Despite vocal opposition from industry voices, the Department of Homeland Security filed a long-expected proposal to remove the International Entrepreneur Rule, which was designed in the last days of the Obama era and allows immigrants who (co-)found a company in the United States to remain in the country for two and a half years (with a possible extension of the same length) as long as certain criteria are met.

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The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere

If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite.

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Our Policies On Immigration Should Be Forward-Thinking

This past week, Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times reported that the United States now has the its highest level of foreign-born residents (13.7 percent) since 1910, the peak of the last great wave of immigration when the percentage of foreign-born residents hit 15 percent. Immigrants from Asia comprise the largest group of foreign-born residents who have arrived in the United States in the 21st century.

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