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Trump's Public Charge Rule Seen As Having Chilling Effect On People Seeking Food Help

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Federal law has long required immigrants who are seeking permanent resident status to prove they won’t be a burden on taxpayers.

The Trump administration has announced a new rule that would broaden the definition of who is considered a so-called “public charge.”

In Massachusetts, more than 500,000 legal immigrants could be affected by the change, according to state officials and advocates.

A number of organizations have spoken out about the proposed rule.  The Massachusetts Medical Society called it “inhumane.”

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christina Maxwell, the director of programs for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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