Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule Would Make It Harder To Receive Some Benefits

Nearly 200,000 people have made public comment both for and against the proposed rule that would have immigration officials factor in potential and past benefits use and income when deciding to grant a visa.

By Elizabeth TrovallDecember 11, 2018 9:30 am, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that could have a major impact on public health in cities with large immigrant populations. The proposed public charge rule would make it harder for legal immigrants to get a visa if they use or are likely to use certain public benefits — like food stamps or Medicaid.

The rule would also mean immigration officers could favor wealthier visa applicants by factoring in income, so applicants making 250 percent above the Federal Poverty Guidelines would have that count strongly in their favor.

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