José Luis Ruiz Arévalos was forced to stay in Mexico two years ago, when U.S. Consulate officers decided that under Trump administration guidance, he was likely to become a "public charge." Since he has been gone, the college plans for three oldest children in his family have unraveled.
This week, John and Louis review memorable events and stories from 2018 and revisit some of John's predictions for the year and how they turned out. Plus an update from EdSource reporter Zaidee Stavely about the effect on children of the Trump administration's proposed restrictions on granting green cards to immigrants who have received government aid.
The Trump administration proposes to deny people green cards for using Medi-Cal or food stamps. Benefits received by U.S. citizen children cannot be taken into account, under the draft regulations. But experts say parents could pull hundreds of thousands of California children out of health and nutrition programs out of fear.