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It’s been over a decade since the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing Great Recession. Rent prices have only increased nationally over the same time period—making owning a home increasingly more expensive compared to renting.

For nearly 20 years our country’s immigration process has included a provision that would deny citizenship or permanent resident status to people who are a “public charge,” meaning those who are dependent on the government for most of their expenses. For nearly 20 years, this has only applied to people on “welfare” or disability.

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