The Trump Administration is planning to implement rules that would negatively affect the chances of immigrants gaining permanent residency status or visa extensions if they use public benefits that they are legally entitled to, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing vouchers.
This can have a huge negative impact on our students and their families when they are faced with the choice of getting needed food, health or housing assistance OR getting permanent residency.
Here are some articles and videos that explain this problem in more detail:
Six ways Trump’s new ‘public benefits’ immigration policies could hurt children and schools is from The Washington Post.
Schools Worry Over New Trump Rule on Immigrants and Federal Benefits is from Ed Week.
If teachers don’t think this will affect us and our students, check out this tweet:
Real world impact of the public charge regulation from today: multiple clients calling my office today to ask if they should unenroll their COMPLETELY ELIGIBLE U.S. citizen kids from health insurance and free/reduced lunches.
— Kara Lynum (@karalynum) August 12, 2019
Here’s a PBS NewsHour segment on the change:
Trump’s Policy Could Alter the Face of the American Immigrant is from The NY Times.
California sues Trump over ‘public charge’ rule denying green cards to immigrants is from The L.A. Times.