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

Even though the Trump administration’s new public charge rule doesn’t apply to most immigrant families, misinformation, mistrust and fear around the rule change is impacting public health. Cancer patients, single mothers and other families are opting out of food stamps and Medicaid because they’re afraid it could affect their immigration status.

By Elizabeth TrovallAugust 19, 2019 10:44 am, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

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.  

In Texas, some families worry that accessing benefits, like food stamps, could hurt their immigration status — even if the public charge rule wouldn’t affect them. In fact, since the Trump administration announced the rule change last year, immigrants have started to remove themselves from public programs

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