October 12, 2018. This article discusses Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia’s viewpoint of the proposed “public charge” rule, which would disqualify immigrants from receiving a green card and other immigration benefits if they have received specific public benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or housing assistance. According to the article, Mayor Kenney thinks that the federal administration’s goal is to destabilize families, discourage immigration and prevent hard-working people from accessing benefits.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and his Director for Office of Immigrant Affairs, Miriam Enriquez, denounced the Trump administration’s “public charge” immigration policy proposal on Wednesday.

A study released by the Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank in New York City, found that up to 24 million people could be affected by the policy change, including nine million children younger than 18.

“Not all will face a public charge determination, but all are likely to be nervous about applying for benefits, and some portion will in fact disenroll from benefit programs,” the report explains.

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