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Proposals to Restrict New Green Cards for Those on Public Aid


Sep 22, 2018

A proposed rule from the White House would make it harder for immigrants to get their green cards if they received certain kinds of public benefits such as medicaid, food stamps and housing subsidies. Advocates say that this proposal would force immigrants from choosing badly needed help and the ability to live and work here. It has spurred criticism from health care organizations and immigrant rights advoctes. The restrictions are unprecidented as immigrants today already show that they will not become a public charge by having a family member sponsor or a job offer to work. The new proposal is much wider in scope and is a significant change from current policy. Children who are American citizens but whose parents are immigrants are likely to suffer more as parents will opt out of public assistance for their of their own legal status. The proposal will go into effect after a public comment period. Please feel free to speak out about the proposal now.

Read more about it here: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/22/us/politics/immigrants-green-card-public-aid.html

The proposal: 

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/18_0921_USCIS_Proposed-Rule-Public-Charge.pdf 

You can make a public comment to the government until December 10 about this proposal and also read what others have to say: 

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USCIS-2010-0012

DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 

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