A woman walks in front of the Brooklyn offices of the Haitian American United for Progress

 

By Jonathan Greig

Haitian immigrants trying to get their green cards and other kinds of visas will face increased scrutiny after Trump administration-led changes to the “public charge” rule went into effect on February 24. 

 

New York City officials, lawyers and advocates spent the week getting the message out about the changes, which will give immigration officials more leeway to deny visas for an increased number of criteria, including anyone they believe will use certain government resources — making them a so-called “charge” on the public.

 

Despite the rule changes, politicians and legal experts have urged people not to avoid government services and contact attorneys if they have any questions about how their immigration status will be affected by the new rules.

 

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