November 1, 2018

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

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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