Thousands of immigrants may lose access to healthcare and other public benefits under a new Trump Administration proposal formally announced Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security wants to change the definition of what constitutes a so-called “public charge” and deny green card applications for those who use government benefits like food stamps and Medicaid.
The non-partisan Migration Policy Institute estimates the proposal would have what it calls a “chilling effect” on 18 million immigrants and 9 million U.S. citizen children in families that currently use certain public benefits.
Andrea Kovach of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law joins the Morning Shift to talk about the proposal, which is open for public comment until Dec. 10.
GUEST: Andrea Kovach, senior attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
LEARN MORE: Patient advocates decry Trump administration move to restrict immigrants’ access to healthcare (Los Angeles Times 10/10/18)
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Now the Trump administration is trying to punish legal immigrants for being poor (Washington Post 8/09/18)