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Ducey disapproves of Trump’s new green card policy, raids that don’t prioritize ‘bad guys’

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Gov. Doug Ducey speaks with a rancher on Arizona’s southern border./ Photo by Doug Ducey’s campaign | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Gov. Doug Ducey took issue with President Donald Trump’s new policy of limiting green cards for poorer immigrants.

The Trump administration on Monday announced a new policy that, beginning on Oct. 15, will allow immigration officials to deny green cards and permanent legal status to legal immigrants if the government believes they’re likely to require assistance such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies.

The new policy will likely favor more highly skilled and highly educated immigrants.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Ducey said he favored a more balanced approach that continued to leave the door open for all kinds of immigrants, not only those who are educated and skilled. He called legal immigration “one of the magical things about our country and our economy.”

“I don’t know all the details of the reform, but like I said, I want to see a balanced approach. So, it can’t just be about people at the top. It’s got to also be about service workers and entry-level workers,” Ducey said. “I want to see people who will climb the economic ladder. I think that many of us have a family story similar to that. We have the haves and the soon-to-haves. And both of them are part of the proper immigration reform.”

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