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LA Times: Trump crackdown on legal immigrants could damage California economy, experts say

The Los Angeles Times cited research by Ninez Ponce, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Fielding School's Center for Health Policy Research, in an article about new U.S. governmental directives that could deny green cards to people on public assistance.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Trump administration’s new immigration crackdown — which could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or otherforms of public assistance — would have major ramifications on the California economy, experts and advocates said Monday.

Laurel Lucia, director of the healthcare program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, says the policy could have a damaging effect on California and the country’s overall economy. Many in California who already have a green card or have become citizens may dis-enroll from public benefits such as Medi-Cal or CalFresh out of fear for what the policy may mean for themselves and for their family members, causing a chilling effect on the economy, she said.

In a 2018 study by Lucia, Ninez Ponce of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Tia Shimada of California Food Policy Advocates, the authors found the healthcare sector would suffer the biggest economic blow from such a policy change.

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