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Does federal law prohibit immigration of people who are likely to become a "public charge," or burden to U.S. taxpayers?

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U.S. Code Title 8, Chapter 12, Section 1182 bans the entry of any immigrant that is "likely at any time to become a public charge," or burden to taxpayers. Under a regulation proposed by the Clinton administration in 1999, the federal government has interpreted this law in a manner that ignores numerous welfare benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, Head Start, subsidized housing, and assistance with paying utility bills. This week, the Trump administration issued a regulation that will consider such welfare benefits when deciding whether to admit immigrants and allow them to become permanent residents.

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