That used to be the point of the sponsor, but they aren’t being held to it.
The Trump administration is cracking down on American citizens who sponsor immigrants that become a strain on the U.S. welfare system.
American sponsors are legally liable for the welfare benefits received by immigrants they sponsor. The laws, part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996, have rarely been enforced, however.
“The immigration laws currently require that, when an alien receives certain forms of means-tested public benefits, the government or non-government entity providing the public benefit must request reimbursement from the alien’s financial sponsor,” a Thursday memo signed by President Trump says.