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Starting Monday, low-income immigrants will be at a greater risk of being denied a visa or a green card.

The Trump administration’s new “public charge rule” will keep people who need benefits like food stamps, housing vouchers, Supplemental Social Security Income and Medicaid from getting their green cards because they’d be considered a “financial burden” to the U.S.

However, there are still certain people who receive public benefits are exempt from being impacted under the law, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

A new Department of Homeland Security rule means immigrants legally in the United States may no longer be eligible for green cards if they use food stamps, Medicaid and other public benefits.

Florida Policy Institute analysts say that’s already having a “chilling effect” on immigrants coming into the country, individuals now worried about applying for medical and housing assistance.

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The Trump administration has proposed expanding a policy that would deny green cards to immigrants who access certain public benefits, like food stamps and Medicaid.

That would expand the list of services that some people seeking green cards get penalized for using.

Democrats in Congress spoke out against the proposed regulation in Sunrise Monday morning.

“This proposed rule change has sewn confusion and prompted immigrant families to start avoiding programs they need to raise healthy and productive children,” Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.