AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration's proposal to make it more difficult for people to legally come to the U.S. or to stay here could keep apart hundreds of thousands of married couples who don't earn enough money. The administration wants to create an income test for people wanting to legally enter the U.S. or become legal residents. That test would generally give high marks to people with household incomes of more than 250 percent of poverty, about $41,150 for two people and $62,750 for a family of four . The proposal sets a minimum income of 125 percent of poverty — $20,575 for a household of two and $31,375 for four — for consideration of whether they could become dependent on public benefits, but the rule considers household earnings of at least 250 percent of poverty to be a “heavily weighted positive factor.” "It's not a bright line. If you have an income of above 250 percent of poverty level you are not assured there won't be a denial, but you are in much better shape," said Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute think tank.
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