A new immigration policy proposal, expected from the Trump administration in the coming weeks, would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens if they used certain government benefits like food stamps or Obamacare.
Details of the proposal are still being finalized, but according to a report by NBC News, a recent draft says that legal immigrants who have used or whose household has used Obamacare, children’s health insurance, food stamps, welfare, and other benefits could be blocked from obtaining citizenship.
The proposal is part of white house senior advisor Stephen Miller’s effort to curb legal immigration to the U.S. each year, and is not subject to congressional approval.
Immigration advocates say the move could impact more than 20 million immigrants, and would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades.
They say it would particularly hurt immigrants with low paying jobs who struggle to support their families.
A spokesperson for the department of homeland security told NBC News, “Any proposed changes would ensure that the government takes the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer funds seriously and adjudicates immigration benefit requests in accordance
with the law.”