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How The Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule Could Impact Bay Area Immigrants

Eric Risberg
AP Photo
Hundreds of people overflow onto the sidewalk outside a U.S. immigration office with numerous courtrooms in San Francisco on January 31, 2019. Almost a dozen lawsuits have been filed to prevent the "public charge" rule from taking effect.

Last January, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can begin implementing its expanded “public charge” rule, which could systematically deny green cards to low-income immigrants. 

The policy is going into effect on February 24, and it’s made some immigrant families reluctant to use public benefits like food stamps or Medicaid. If you are afraid that the “public charge” rule could apply to you, the East Bay Community Law Center recommends that you consult with an immigration attorney. You can find their list of non-profit organizations that can provide clients with discounted or free legal advice here.

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.