The Trump administration on Monday announced a policy that seeks to block some migrants from obtaining a green card or U.S. citizenship if they are deemed likely to become reliant on government benefits. The "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds" policy, set to take effect in two months, will tighten restrictions on immigration for legal migrants who use benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, or housing assistance. The State Department denied 5,343 Mexicans visas on "public charge" grounds between October and July, a significant uptick from the seven denied applicants in 2016. The practice is now official policy, and will reportedly factor in wealth, education, age, and English-language skills more than before. The policy will likely dramatically reduce family-based legal immigration, though it's unclear how "public charge" will be defined.
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