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Green card clampdown planned for US immigrants on benefits

WASHINGTON: US immigrants who get public benefits like food stamps or housing vouchers could be denied green cards, under a new proposal from President Donald Trump's administration. Trump came to power pledging to make immigration to the United States more difficult, and reduce the number of people allowed to stay in the country. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Saturday that under the proposed rule change, being a current or previous recipient of certain public aid would be seen as a "heavily weighed…

Trump vows to terminate US green card lottery after New York attack

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would end the popular US green card lottery after a radicalized Uzbek man who entered the country under the program killed eight people in New York. "I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program," Trump told reporters. "We have to do what's right to protect our citizens," he told reporters. "We will get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible." The 1990 program awards US permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants…

US says green card holders exempted from travel ban

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's administration stressed Sunday that permanent residents get a reprieve from his ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries, after the order triggered confusion over its implementation. "Green card holders as a matter of a policy are exempt from the EO (executive order) through the national interest waiver," a senior administration official told reporters on a White House conference call. The official said that as of midday Sunday, 170 people had applied for and been granted the…