Jason McGahan

Jason McGahan is a two-time Los Angeles Press Club award recipient and a former staff writer for LA Weekly.

Recent Articles

Trump: Make Immigrants’ Use of Public Health Benefits a Deportable Offense

New proposed restrictions mean that immigrants who have received any public benefit to which they were legally entitled could be turned away at points of entry, or see their applications to extend their stays be denied.

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Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. The Trump administration is making new rules that would prevent immigrants from settling in the country or receiving a green card if they or their families have received benefits from a wide array of federal, state, and local programs—even if the benefits were for an immigrant’s U.S.-citizen children. The language in the administration’s rule change, first reported by Reuters, shows that immigrants who enroll their children in public programs like Head Start or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) risk having their visa applications rejected. The same goes for immigrants who apply for health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, along with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) assistance for poor pregnant or nursing women and their children. “There’s no doubt...