Immigrant rights advocates call for federal immigration policy changes

Boston Statehouse

Immigrant rights advocates gathered at the State House on Wednesday.

According to the “Protect Immigrant Families Movement,” the Trump Administration is trying to pass a law that would block U.S. entry for immigrants who are likely to use assistance programs. 

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition came to the State House Wednesday, to specify the number of migrant families that could be denied access if that policy were adopted. 

For folks who are here perhaps on a temporary basis, like they have temporary protection status or they have DACA or something like that, It’s going to make it a lot harder for them to get their green card. 

Under the Trump Administration’s proposal, a family of four making less than $63,000 a year could be deemed a ‘public charge’ and denied access to opportunities in America. 

The new policy could also turn away immigrant families who are likely to use resources such as section 8 housing, SNAP benefits, and Medicaid. 

In the Coalition’s proposal, immigrants would be evaluated on a merit-based system taking health, education, and assets into consideration before granting temporary immigration status. 

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