NM Human Services Secretary Opposes New Immigrant Rule

IMMIGRANTS WHO WANT TO BECOME PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE NOW REQUIRED UNDER FEDERAL LAW APPROVED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO PROVE THEY WON’T BE A BURDEN. BUT THE NEW RULE HAS NEW MEXICO’S HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY CONCERNED. DAVID SCRASE TELLS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HE’S AFRAID THE RULE WILL DEPRIVE FOOD ASSISTANCE AND OTHER VITAL SERVICES TO CHILDREN.

THE RULE ALSO DENIES GREEN CARDS TO THOSE IMMIGRANTS WHO APPLY FOR MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS AND OTHER PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

THE STATE SAYS ABOUT 77-THOUSAND CHILDREN WHO ARE U-S CITIZENS IN NEW MEXICO WHO HAVE AN IMMIGRANT PARENT OR FAMILY RELY ON FOOD ASSISTANCE. GOVERNOR LUJAN GRISHAM IS ALSO CRITICAL OF THE RULE.

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