This one has been reported for several months as a rumored rule change in the making, and now the time has finally arrived. This week, the Department of Homeland Security released a new regulation that will block immigrants from obtaining green card status if they show a propensity for leaning on taxpayer-funded programs such as welfare, free medical care, and other forms of federal assistance.

The new rule is based on previously-existing legislation, so there will be no need for Congress’s help in getting it done. But it could have an extraordinary impact on the number of legal migrants currently leeching off the system and could, in time, actually reduce the flow of unskilled migrants altogether, which will almost certainly lift wages for low-income workers here in the States.

From the DHS Statement announcing the change:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that will clearly define long-standing law to ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently can support themselves financially and will not be reliant on public benefits … [or] likely to become burdens on American taxpayers.

DHS is proposing to consider current and past receipt of designated public benefits above certain thresholds as a heavily weighed negative factor.  The rule would also make nonimmigrants who receive or are likely to receive designated public benefits above the designated threshold generally ineligible for change of status and extension of stay.

The proposed rule change has upset the immigration activist community, much like everything else this president puts into place.

“The proposal is reckless, deeply unfair, and inconsistent with core American values,” said the Center for Law and Social Policy’s Olivia Golden. “It is a massive backdoor change to decades of immigration law. It places wealth over family, denying ordinary working families a place in America. And it explicitly places a priority on well-off families and ignores families who have waited years to be reunited.”

Wealth? Well-off families? Are you kidding? No one is asking that every immigrant who comes to the U.S. be able to afford a McMansion in the Hollywood Hills and a Bentley. Since when is it a marker of extraordinary wealth to be able to fend for yourself? Since when is it “deeply unfair” to expect those who come to the United States be able to contribute to our society before they start taking from it? We can’t think of anything more reasonable or fair to tell immigrants, hey, come on over, but don’t expect us to foot the bill!

Who could possibly argue otherwise?

Oh, right, this might take a toll on that most important of American values in the 21st century: Diversity!

Guess we’ll just have to live with that sacrifice…