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.
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.