Detroit advocates upset with new immigration rules


DETROIT (AP) — Two women who work with a Detroit nonprofit dedicated to assisting the city’s Hispanic population are unhappy with the Trump administration’s new rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use forms of public assistance like food stamps or Medicaid.

“The reaction in this community, not just mine alone, is that this is another obstacle for people that truly want to achieve the American Dream,” Mary Carmen Munoz said Tuesday.

Munoz is the operations manager for LA SED, Latin Americans for Social & Economic Development.

The Trump administration announced Monday plans to deny green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

Advocates such as Munoz and LA SED volunteer and board member Jane C. Garcia say the efforts will scare immigrants into not asking for help.

Garcia pointed out the rows of empty chairs in the LA SED lobby on Tuesday.

“We’re always jam-packed in our lobby. Not today. It’s like they call to see if it’s OK to come in. They make appointments,” she said.

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