Today is the last day for public comment on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, a proposed rule change by the Department of Homeland Security. Under immigration law, immigrants who are considered ‘public charges’ are not eligible for green cards. Under the existing rules, only immigrants accepting cash welfare from programs like Social Security Insurance (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are considered public charges. Under the proposed rules, the definition for public charge expands dramatically.
Immigrants who take advantage of other federal assistance programs could now be considered public charges. Most of these federal programs are extremely popular and helpful, including Medicaid, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. If the proposed rule change is accepted, using any of these programs could now disqualify some immigrants from obtaining green cards.
You can make a public comment on this proposed rule change using this link.
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