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Thu Nov 29, 2018, 08:24 AM

Baltimore sues Trump administration over legal immigrants' access to public benefits

Source: Washington Post

Baltimore sues Trump administration over legal immigrants’ access to public benefits

By Erin Cox
November 28 at 6:15 PM

The city of Baltimore on Wednesday filed what advocates call a first-in-the-nation lawsuit challenging President Trump’s efforts to curtail legal immigration by penalizing people who use public benefits.

The lawsuit alleges that the Trump administration’s expanded definition of “public charges” has had a chilling effect on the city’s immigrant community, which Baltimore officials see as key to its revival.

Legal immigrants have stopped using school programs, food subsidies, housing vouchers and health clinics for which they are eligible, the lawsuit says, hurting the city’s mission to welcome immigrants and creating long-term expenses as Baltimore deals with a sicker and less-educated community.

“They’re giving up government-supported health care, they’re giving up free school lunches, they’re giving up food stamps, they’re not applying for housing,” said City Solicitor Andre M. Davis, a former federal judge. “It’s a noncash public benefit that people are abandoning so they don’t lose the opportunity for themselves or their family to get a visa.”

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/baltimore-sues-trump-administration-over-immigrants-access-to-public-benefits/2018/11/28/002c5efc-f327-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html

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