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Baltimore sues Trump administration over immigration policy city says keeps residents from seeking benefits

Baltimore sues Trump administration over immigration policy city says keeps residents from seeking benefits

The city of Baltimore sued the Trump administration Wednesday over changes the State Department made to the way it weighs the use of government benefits by potential immigrants and their families when deciding to issue visas.

The State Department changed the rules in January in a way Baltimore officials say deters city residents from claiming benefits they’re entitled to — such as food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicaid — for fear of making it harder for their relatives to get visas to come to the U.S.

City Solicitor Andre Davis said as far as he knows, the case in U.S. District Court in Maryland is the first of its kind to be filed.

“The Trump administration can...

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