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Immigrant Families Are Dropping Public Benefits, And A Proposed Trump Rule Could Be Why

A patient picks up a prescription at the QueensCare Health Center in East Los Angeles.
A patient picks up a prescription at the QueensCare Health Center in East Los Angeles.
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Last fall, the Trump administration unveiled a proposed federal rule that would disqualify immigrants from legal residency if they’ve used various public benefits. Ever since a leaked draft of the so-called “public charge” rule first appeared in early 2018, there’s been speculation that it would push immigrant families to drop out of public health, nutrition and other programs out of fear. Enrollment data suggests that it may have played a role.