New laws for Caribbean green card holders in the US

The United States has implemented new laws for Caribbean and other foreign nationals who are permanent residents or green card holders.

Immigrants can be deported for a number of reasons based on the new laws. (Photo: Miami Herald)

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), green card holders who failed to admit that they are immigrants when filing their income tax returns, or who failed to report some of their income, could be deported.

Caribbean men, between 18 and 25, who also failed to register with the US Selective Service, could also be deported, USCIS said.

“It is disturbing to witness a global leader toying with people’s lives.”

— Congresswoman Clarke

On Monday, USCIS began implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule, denying green cards to Caribbean and other immigrants who may need US government assistance.

Final Rule

“In light of the US Supreme Court’s Feb. 21, 2020 decision to stay the state-wide injunction preventing implementation of the Final Rule issued by US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, USCIS will now apply the final rule to all applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020,” said USCIS in a statement.

“For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier, the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt,” it added.

USCIS said: “The final rule, published on August 14, 2019, and originally scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019, prescribes how the Department of Homeland Security will determine whether an immigrant is inadmissible and ineligible to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident in the United States because he or she is likely at any time in the future to become a public charge pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says the new policy is cruel.

USCIS said the final rule also addresses USCIS’ authority to issue public charge bonds in the context of applications for adjustment of status.

It said the final rule includes a requirement that Caribbean and other immigrants seeking an extension of non-immigrant stay or change of non-immigrant status “demonstrate that they have not received public benefits over the designated threshold.”

Immigrant families

Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has been expressing outrage over a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed the Trump administration to deny green cards to Caribbean and other immigrants who may need government aid.

“As a product of the hopes and dreams of an immigrant family, I am outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to implement the public charge rule – a cruel policy Donald Trump has crafted to jeopardise the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

“It is disturbing to witness a global leader toying with people’s lives, and we must not stop fighting until Donald Trump is removed from office,” added the representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.