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LA officials fear Trump immigration proposal could prompt local families to drop public benefits

A nurse checks the blood pressure of a patient as nurses and physicians give free basic health screenings on July 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Despite the debates over the Affordable Care Act that have caused a government shutdown, part of Obamacare started today when the online healthcare exchange market opened.
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A Trump administration proposal could make it easier for officials to deny applications for permanent U.S. residency if immigrants receive public benefits such as health coverage, food stamps and housing help.

A new Trump administration proposal seeks to greatly expand the list of public programs that, if immigrants participate in them, could allow officials to deny their application for permanent legal residency.

Local officials say they're worried immigrant families could drop out of public medical, food or housing programs and endure untreated illness or hunger, even if the rule does not affect them.

According to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, more than 900,000 immigrants in Los Angeles County receive Medicaid. More than 100,000 benefit from Cal-Fresh, the state’s version of food stamps.