https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...mmigration-green-cards-immigrants/2204107002/ Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, did his own analysis of the green card population and found that 63 percent of households headed by a noncitizen used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of households headed by a native-born citizen. That's why the center supports the new public charge rule, and other measures to shift the U.S. from a primarily family-based immigration system to a merit-based one. "Either we select future immigrants unlikely to need welfare by emphasizing skills and education, or we accept the welfare burden that comes from our current immigration system," Camarota said. looks like it might be harder for immigrants to get a green card if they are getting public assistance. i think this is a good change.