“Part of this invisible wall the Trump administration is building that’s making it harder and harder for people to gain legal status,” said Deputy Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute David Dyssegaard Kallick.
You might remember the public charge rule, which if it goes into effect, would test people applying for permanent legal status, to see if they would require Medicaid or SNAP benefits. This means people looking to extend their student or employment visas or green cards could be turned away if they rely on these benefits.
This does not apply to undocumented immigrants since they would not be qualified to use these benefits.
“What does this say about what the Trump administration thinks of all of us who use services, does that mean we are not entitled to them even though we are eligible,” said Fiscal Policy Institute Policy Analyst Cyierra Roldan.
According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, the public charge rule would affect over two million people and 680,000 children in New York. This could have a major impact on hospitals and local governments across the state when they would have to take over these medical costs.
Since less people would be enrolled in Medicaid, an estimated 25,000 jobs could be lost, close to $2 billion lost in federal benefits and over a $150 million dollars lost in state revenue.
“This is about federal money that goes to Medicaid and SNAP that comes into our communities. So the immigrants are the ones who maybe get it, or doctors on behalf of the immigrants but then that has ripple effects throughout the economy,” said Kallick.
However, many are pushing for this new change in the immigration system.
“Our immigration system is broken,” said Assemblyman Chris Tauge in a statement. “Fixing it means identifying what mix of refugees, asylum seekers, students and innovators ready to contribute to our economy works best for the American people. The left is hostile to the reality that these choices have to be made and codified."
This public charge rule was supposed to go into effect in October of this year, but was temporarily halted by a federal judge.