The United States Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 to allow the Trump Administration’s public charge rule to be implemented. The public charge rule, which could have drastic effects on legal immigration, had been under a nationwide injunction. The rule is still facing legal challenges, but can now be implemented while the case works its way through the court system. The rule is still under injunction in the state of Illinois.
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The proposed rule changes the definition of public charge to include more popular forms of government assistance, including Medicaid and SNAP benefits. Any immigrant who has ever used these programs could face a more difficult path to obtaining a green card. Even without the new rule in place, the Trump Administration has used the existing public charge rule to deny thousands of visa applications.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been monitoring the new public charge rule since it first became rumored in March 2018. We will continue to stay on top of any new immigration rules and regulations. For a free immigration consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.