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Trump's immigration "public charge rule" controversy on City Inside/Out
City Inside/Out: Public Charge Controversy

A new federal proposal that changes the rules for low-income legal immigrants is having a chilling effect nationwide. For the first time, the Trump administration wants to weigh the use of public benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, negatively against an application for U.S. permanent residency or citizenship. We examine this immigration controversy. 

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs has more information about the public charge rule change.

The federal government is accepting public comment on the changes to the public charge rule until Dec. 10.

A public charge community briefing is scheduled in Seattle, 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at Asian Counseling and Referral Service.


Jorge Barón, executive director, NW Immigrant Rights Project

Teresita Batayola, CEO, International Community Health Services

Ingrid Ulrey, policy director, Public Health Seattle & King County

Mr. Ou, recent immigrant

Mrs. Ou, recent immigrant

Alycia Ramirez, married to DACA recipient

Dr. Rayburn Lewis, chief medical officer, International Community Health Services

Christina Wong, public policy & advocacy director, Northwest Harvest

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