If you apply for welfare and are discovered to be an illegal immigrant, you will receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) before an immigration judge to commence removal proceedings, according to a new policy being implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting Oct. 1.
The push was announced by USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna on Monday.
“Starting today, Oct. 1, USCIS will begin implementing the updated NTA policy. Under the new guidance, USCIS officers will now issue an NTA for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unlawfully present in the country,” Cissna said at a Georgetown University Law School immigration conference.
According to the Washington Examiner, “USCIS has had the authority to issue the so-called NTAs for 15 years, and issued 91,000 in 2016-2017… though the reasons had been limited until the agency expanded them in July.”
The USCIS announced that its revised policy “generally requires” issuing an NTA in the following cases:
- Cases where fraud or misrepresentation is substantiated, and/or where an applicant abused any program related to the receipt of public benefits. USCIS will issue an NTA even if the case is denied for reasons other than fraud.
- Criminal cases where an applicant is convicted of or charged with a criminal offense, or has committed acts that are chargeable as a criminal offense, even if the criminal conduct was not the basis for the denial or the ground of removability. USCIS may refer cases involving serious criminal activity to ICE before adjudication of an immigration benefit request pending before USCIS without issuing an NTA.
- Cases in which USCIS denies a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on good moral character grounds because of a criminal offense.
- Cases in which, upon the denial of an application or petition, an applicant is unlawfully present in the United States.
From a policy standpoint, this is a win for President Trump. He is pushing to ensure the United States does not get cheated and that American taxpayers are not funding those who do not need the help. The policy falls directly in line with his campaign promises and should please his base.
Hopefully, the policy deters people from cheating on welfare and allow the money to go to those who truly have no other options.