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Cutting off immigrants from public benefits means American children will pay the price

Cutting off immigrants from public benefits means American children will pay the price

Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland security announced that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance, Medicaid or housing could be denied green cards in the future. To those who think that the U.S. has too many immigrants already, this new “public charge” rule may sound like a good idea. Why not make sure that those who get permanent residency can support themselves without government assistance?

Here’s why: American children will pay the price.

The U.S. economy relies heavily on immigrant labor and not just at the high skilled level. Immigrants play a critical role in the production of our country’s food. Nearly a quarter of construction...

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