Immigrants using public benefits may be denied citizenship

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“Medicare for All” rally, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Molly Adams (CC BY 2.0).

Starting this week, immigrants who rely on public benefits -- like Medicare, food stamps or public housing -- could be denied a path to permanent residency and ultimately citizenship. 

A divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration in January, allowing it to put into place what some are calling a “wealth test” for immigrants, forcing them to prove that they are self-sufficient.