November 1, 2018

A Proposed Change to Federal Immigration Rule Could Cost Florida Hundreds of Millions [Florida Phoenix]

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

CD Davidson-Hiers of the Florida Phoenix writes:

“How rich do you have to be to immigrate to the U.S. and be able to stay? How about to Florida?

These are the questions the nonprofit policy analysis group Florida Policy Institute is asking the Department of Homeland Security after the agency proposed a change to a federal immigration rule that could alter how immigration officials judge who can enter the country.

The current ‘public charge’ immigration rule says that people wanting to enter the country will be denied entry or citizenship if they are likely to (or already do) depend on the government for more than half their income.

The new rule DHS proposed Oct. 10 would give immigration officials broader scope to determine if someone will become a public charge or not and weighs other ‘non-cash’ benefits like food, health coverage and housing assistance.”


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