DHS Issues New “Public Charge” Proposed Rule to Rescind Trump-era Regulations
The Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule in today’s Federal Register to formally rescind and replace the Trump-era “public charge” rule. The Trump-era rule was issued in 2019 and expanded the list of public benefits that could make a new immigrant ineligible for permanent residency, adding benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing.
In issuing the new proposed rule, DHS said it was reverting to initial public charge guidance issued in 1999, which applied only to those immigrants likely to become dependent on the federal government for survival, such as through cash assistance or institutionalized long-term care.
The proposed rule is available in its entirety in the Federal Register here.
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