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Three federal judges on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to get a green card. President Trump is seen here leaving the White House last week. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Multiple groups are trying to delay — and ultimately block — the Trump administration's public charge rule. The new rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if it seems they might need public assistance. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Advocates Try To Help Migrants Navigate Trump's Public Charge Rule

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Multiple groups are trying to delay — and ultimately block — the Trump administration's public charge rule. The new public charge rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if it seems they might need public assistance. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Advocates Try To Help Migrants Navigate Trump Rules

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California's Homeless Advocates Puzzled By Trump's Threats

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Los Angeles Has A Homeless Problem, Now The Trump Administration Is Getting Involved

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Lawrence, Mass., has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. While the city is witnessing pockets of investment, as of August 2019, one-third of Lawrence's children lived in poverty, 36 percent of residents received aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and just over 24 percent of residents lived in poverty. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A food pantry client adds a carton of yogurt to her cart at the food pantry at Jewish Family Services in Denver, Colo. Seth McConnell/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Attendees in Bucks County, Pa. test-drove new voting machines at an event aimed at helping the county decide which equipment to buy. Security is a major focus in the 2020 presidential race. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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States Upgrade Election Equipment — Wary Of 'A Race Without A Finish Line'

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A Transportation Security Administration employee stands at a booth to learn about a food stamp program at a food drive at Newark Liberty International Airport, on Jan. 23, 2019, in Newark, N.J. A number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration could affect poor or low-income people who use government safety net programs. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Critics Of Trump's Public Charge Rule Say It Will Cost Americans More In The Long Run

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Advocates Oppose Rule That Penalizes Immigrants For Needing Benefits

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Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks during a briefing at the White House on Monday. Trump administration officials announced new rules that aim to deny permanent residency to migrants who may need to use food stamps, Medicaid and other public benefits. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Grigory Vodolazov's 3-year-old son peers into his family's apartment complex from their unit in Bellevue, Wash. The Vodolazov family is part of Creating Moves to Opportunity, a housing voucher experiment that uses incentives and counseling to encourage low-income families to move to what are called "high opportunity" areas. Jovelle Tamayo for NPR hide caption

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Listen: Seattle Housing Experiment

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