...SAN FRANCISCO - On Monday, a new immigration rule called the "Public charge" rule went into effect nationwide, preventing certain people who use particular public benefits for 12 months or longer from obtaining lawful permanent residency, otherwise known as a green card.
...The benefits subject to the rule include SNAP, which is called CalFresh in California, housing assistance such as section 8 and MediCal.
...Since the rule was announced in late 2018, it has caused immigrants, most of whom are not affected by the public charge rule, to unenroll from their benefits or fail to apply, despite demonstrated need.
...Liz Gomez, Director of Client Services at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, said that after the rule was introduced in 2018, the food bank received a large number of calls from people asking to cancel their CalFresh.
...After the rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security in 2019, a judge in Illinois challenged the rule's lawfulness, delaying the rule from going into effect.
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