By Terry Kovarik
Local immigrants currently holding Green Cards, or legal permanent resident documentation, could see their path to U.S. citizenship blocked. Proposed changes in rules governing first time applications would limit an applicants eligibility if they apply for aid such as food stamps or Section 8 housing assistance. Sister Melanie Maczka, of Casa ALBA Melanie in Green Bay, says that could also impact those with Green Cards hoping to become citizens.
The proposed rules will undergo a 60-day public input period. Sister Melanie says some immigrant families that have Green Cards are holding off on applying for benefits, like health care assistance for children born in the United States, even though they are legally entitled to it.