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Trump Takes Aim at Legal Immigration With Reviews on Public Aid

Aug. 12, 2019, 4:29 PM

The Trump Administration continued its crackdown on immigration with a new rule that could block immigrants from getting green cards if they’ve used government benefits or are found likely to use them.

The 837-page regulation—known as a “public charge” rule—likely will fall hardest on low-income legal immigrants who perform much of the country’s menial labor on farms and in the service industry.

The rule replaces current policy that says immigrant shouldn’t receive more than half their income from cash benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income from Social Security.

Under the new more expansive definition,...

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