Trump Two-fer: One New Policy Will Attack Both Immigrants and the Safety Net

By Kalena Thomhave


Pro-immigrant and anti-poverty organizations are advising the public not to overreact to the implementation of the new rule. “It’s important that we’re not doing the administration’s job for them by making people more afraid than they have to be,” says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of income and work supports at the Center for Law and Social Policy. There is a 60-day window before the rule is enacted, so immigrants need not disenroll in programs immediately. Instead, says Lower-Basch, they should look to community resources, such as immigration lawyers at legal-aid groups, to answer their questions as to whether they’re affected by the rule.


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