How Trump’s Latest Crackdown On Public Benefits Fits Into His Immigration Plans

By Emily Moon


The Trump administration’s latest immigration fight is playing out over public benefits. In a memo published last week, the president ordered several federal agencies to begin enforcing laws that would require family members sponsoring an immigrant in need of government assistance to pay for his or her benefits. It would also factor in the sponsor’s financial situation while determining a non-citizen’s eligibility for benefits, a process that often disqualifies immigrants from receiving benefits.


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