THE MEX FACTOR: Thousands in jeopardy under new rule

Thousands of permanent residents who call Imperial Valley their home are at risk after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services decided to set new guidelines under the so-called “public charge” rule, which makes immigrants “who have received certain public benefits above a specific threshold generally ineligible for extension of stay and change of status.”

The new guidelines (that have been taken to courts by public officials and nonprofit organizations) include several services like CalFresh, MediCal and some others, which in turn are considered an abuse and a basis to deny immigration benefits.

Adelante Valle Editor Arturo Bojorquez can be reached at or 760-335-4646.

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