CityLab: The racism behind Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration policy, explained

CityLab, August 14, 2019: The racism behind Trump’s new ‘public charge’ immigration policy, explained

On Monday, the Trump administration announced new restrictions on whether immigrants can enter and remain in the United States by changing the definition of “public charge” (i.e. those who depend on financial government assistance). The new rule, scheduled to take effect in mid-October, will penalize immigrants who access public benefits such as Medicaid and food stamps by making them ineligible for green cards.

Experts on the issue say this will deter immigrants who are in the U.S. legally from accessing necessities like food and medical care out of fear of compromising their chances of becoming a permanent resident.

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