A new rule from the Trump administration would prevent legal immigrants who use certain government benefits, like food assistance and Medicaid, from receiving green cards. The draft proposal was first published in September, and the end of the public commentary period on the proposal was this Monday, resulting in more than 200,000 public comments on the proposal in just 60 days, many from critics.
Several states, including Massachusetts, have threatened to sue to keep the change from taking effect. This change is just the latest in a long list of President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigration, including his recent efforts to redefine asylum, his previous suspensions of the refugee program, and his various attempts in court to push through different versions of a ban on immigrants from primarily majority-Muslim countries.
Jim Braude was joined by Marion Davis, director of communications for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and Republican representative from Taunton, Shaunna O’Connell.