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Public Charge Rule

Immigrant Families Suffer Health Impacts, As Many Fear New Public Charge Rule

Aug 19, 2019
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Whether someone gets a visa or a green card could soon be tied to how much money they make, under a new Trump administration “public charge” rule unveiled earlier this week.

Starting in mid-October, officials will consider if immigrants use, or are likely to use, government benefits when processing applications.

The Trump administration is closer to banning some low-income, legal immigrants who are relying on public services like food stamps from legally entering the United States.

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Texas groups are reacting to the Trump administration's plan to significantly expand a rule that penalizes immigrants seeking permanent residency for using public benefits.

As it stands now, the "public charge" rule applies to people who primarily rely on the government for support through cash assistance, for example.