Laurel Lucia

UC Berkeley Labor Center

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Director of the healthcare program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center.

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A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

Trump administration: people on public assistance would be ineligible for citizenship

A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

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