Trump Administration Targets Immigrants Using Food Stamps and Medicaid

The Trump administration is proposing a new regulation that would make it extremely difficult for many immigrants to come to the U.S. or receive green cards if they’re considered likely to use public benefits like food stamps or Medicaid. The draft regulation was unveiled Saturday and has been widely condemned for its cruelty and potential impact on millions of U.S.-born children of immigrant parents. We speak with Marielena Hincapié, executive director at the National Immigration Law Center.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As we look at the White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller’s role in the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policy, we turn now to a widely condemned proposal by the Trump administration that would make it extremely difficult for many immigrants to come to the U.S. or receive green cards if they are considered likely to use public benefits like food stamps or Medicaid.

AMY GOODMAN: The draft regulation was unveiled Saturday. It’s drawing protests. For more, we go to Lake Arrowhead, California by Democracy Now! video stream to Marielena Hincapié, executive director of National Immigration Law Center. Marielena, welcome to Democracy Now! Can you focus on this latest proposal by the Trump administration, after last week they floated the proposal to cap the number of refugees to an all-time low that we haven’t seen like this in decades in this country?

MARIELENA HINCAPIÉ: Yes, thank you. Good morning, Amy and Juan. Yeah, this is just the latest radical extremist anti-immigrant attack against families by the Trump administration, and as you mentioned, it has been drafted by Stephen Miller. He has talked about this being the issue that they believe is going to excite their base before the November elections.

What this will result in is basically an expansion of the public charge definition, which has been used in our history to exclude people like Jewish…

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