On Aug. 12, the Trump administration announced a new rule that could significantly lower the number of legal immigrants eligible to obtain and maintain residency in California and the rest of the United States. The rule change continues the Trump Administration's aggressive stance on immigration.
Under the new rule, which is 837 pages long and will impact approximately 382,000 people, immigrants who have low incomes, limited education or use public benefits for a certain amount of time could be denied a green card. For example, those who use public benefits for 12 months within a three-year period could become ineligible to remain in the country. In addition, each benefit used counts as a separate incident, so two benefits will count as two months of use. Benefits such as food stamps, housing vouchers and most forms of Medicaid are included under the rule, which is scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15.