The potential health effects of the ‘public charge’ immigration rule

  On Aug. 14, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a rule to restrict immigrants’ ability to obtain legal permanent residency, based on whether they have received government benefits. The rule is due to go into effect Oct. 15. The rule considers immigrants who receive benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid likely to become “public charges.” (Also known as food stamps, SNAP is a program that offers low-income adults a form of debit payment to purchase groceries at authorized retailers.) Per a definition from the U.S. Citizenship and…

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Football abuse inquiry: 83 potential suspects identified

There are now 83 potential suspects and 98 clubs involved in the inquiry into child abuse in football, police chiefs have said. The investigations span all tiers of football, “from premier clubs through to amateur”, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said. Police forces across the country are continuing to receive calls, it added. Of the identified victims, 98% were male, and the age at the time of abuse was between seven and 20, police said. A total of 639 referrals had been received from the helpline set up by…

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