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A proposed federal policy won’t target immigrants for using welfare. In Texas, they might drop out anyway.

Proponents say the proposal will save the government money. But critics say that especially in Texas, it will cause “chilling effects" that could keep citizens away from welfare programs.

Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, which provides state-subsidized women's health services to low-income women, in July 2014.

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