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The Trump administration is planning to overhaul the food stamps program, known as SNAP. Republicans point to several high-profile fraud cases, despite the low overall rate of fraud in the SNAP system. The result, according to the administration, will be the removal of more than three million people from the SNAP benefit program.

Our guests discuss the impacts:

New York Immigration Coalition

The Trump administration announced Wednesday a new regulation that would allow indefinite detention for migrant children and families who enter the U.S. illegally.

The acting secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, said that under this new rule, "All children in the government's care will be universally treated with dignity, respect, and special concern in concert with American values.”

New York Immigration Coalition’s Anu Joshi said that’s unlikely, given the administration’s track record.

Noelle E. C. Evans

Some Trump administration officials have proposed not allowing any refugees to settle in the U.S. next year, according to a recent report in Politico

Catholic Family Center in Rochester, a community-based family resource center, condemns that idea, saying that refugees are vital to economic growth.

The refugee resettlement program has an annual set limit on the number of people who can be admitted into the country. The president decides that number.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI have been using facial recognition software to sift through Department of Motor Vehicle databases to track down undocumented immigrants in some states.

In New York state, however, a new law that allows the immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses has safeguards against such searches.