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New policies could affect those with permanent resident status

New York residents may find themselves confused by the latest round of changes to U.S. immigration law. The current administration has announced that, in an effort to ease the burden on public assistance systems, a person who is a permanent resident and relies on obtaining a green card to continue to live and work in the United States may have a tougher time obtaining public assistance. There are many people who support this change, as current policy requires green card applicants to prove they will not be a drain on the economy. 

Others stand opposed to the changes, saying that many people, regardless of citizenship status, rely on public assistance to provide supplemental food, financial support or housing assistance. Many fear that if they apply for these services now, they will not be able to obtain a green card. Though the government says that this should not affect people who already have a green card, many New York residents find themselves confused. 

It can be difficult to keep up with all the recent changes. Immigrants and their families may worry that making a decision about applying for public assistance may limit their ability to get a job. Families may fear they will not be able to survive without both public assistance and a job. 

If a permanent resident is concerned that his or her status and eligibility may now be in question, it may make sense to contact an experienced attorney. The lawyer can explain the new changes and their potential impact given a client's specific circumstances. Given the potential consequences, the support and guidance of an immigration law professional may make a significant difference.

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