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Border & Immigration

In Texas, New Public Charge Rule Spreads Fear Among Immigrant Families

A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a private detention center operated by Florida-based GEO Group.  (John Moore/Getty Images)
A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a private detention center operated by Florida-based GEO Group. (John Moore/Getty Images)

The Trump administration has made a number of policy changes to slow and restrict immigration, including the public charge rule. The new regulation, which is scheduled to go into effect October 15, allows officials to look at the number of public benefits an immigrant receives or is likely to receive when determining immigration status. In Texas, the new rule is causing some families to worry that accessing benefits could affect their immigration status, even if the new rule doesn’t apply to them. Elizabeth Trovall ( @elizTrovall) of Houston Public Media reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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