Trump signs memorandum requiring immigrant sponsors to pay for social services

President Trump signed a memorandum Thursday that will enforce a 23-year-old provision requiring sponsors of legal immigrants in the U.S. to reimburse the government for any social services such as Medicaid or welfare used by the immigrant.

Fox News reports the provision dates back to 1996 as part of an Immigration Act and Welfare Reform laws that were signed by then-President Bill Clinton.

But, despite being federal law, the rule has never been enforced.

The move is part of Trump’s push for a merit-based immigration system and is meant to make the person sponsoring the immigrant responsible for any medical or financial benefits the immigrant receives.

Corrie O'Connor

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