Immigration

A billboard about the public charge rule at a bus stop on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 5, 2019. The billboard directs people concerned about the proposed rule to call a San Mateo County help line.

Courts blocked Trump’s public charge rule. Immigrant advocates say the proposal had a ‘chilling effect.’

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The Trump administration this summer proposed a rule that would have made it harder for people to get green cards if they had been using government assistance like Medicaid, housing vouchers or food stamps — or if they were deemed likely to use those programs in the future. The so-called public charge rule was set to take effect on Oct. 15. Instead, courts issued temporary injunctions to stop the rule four days before it was due to kick in.

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Despite small victories in keeping DACA alive, uncertainty remains. Here’s one recipient’s story.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients received a reprieve, in late November when a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the end of DACA. The recipients were given a small victory, but fear of deportation remains. The DACA recipients and the Trump Administration anxiously await to learn if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case.

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In East Palo Alto, some immigrant families opting out of benefits amidst news of possible ‘public charge’ rule changes

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The Trump administration may soon expand the criteria used to determine whether immigrants seeking permanent residency status are at risk of becoming a “burden to American taxpayers.” News of the proposed changes to the “public charge” test have spread through immigrant communities around the country, including in East Palo Alto.

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