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    Checking Immigrants’ Credit Scores: What Could Go Wrong?

    Since 1882, the United States has denied immigration visas to those who were deemed “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” This principle has applied also to the renewal of visas of those already legally living and working in the United States, and in some cases, resulting in the deportation of people whose visas were otherwise still valid.   For the past twenty years, while nearly all undocumented immigrants and many legally documented immigrants have been ineligible for a range of public benefits, the only people labeled as ‘public charges’ were those who received more than 50% percent of their income from cash-based public benefits.   Trump’s…