LATEST UPDATE (FEBRUARY 24). On January 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court removed the nationwide temporary injunction that had prevented the final public charge rule from taking effect. It also lifted the Illinois statewide injunction on February 21st. The Department of Homeland Security announced it would begin implementing the rule nationwide on February 24th. Litigation is ongoing. Read more.

The new “Public Charge” test will make it harder for immigrant families to stay together and meet their basic needs.

By targeting low-income immigrant seniors who may need extra help from programs like Medicaid, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), changes to public charge will ensure that the American Dream is only available to immigrants who are healthy and wealthy and who do not have disabilities. The rule threatens the ability of immigrants to obtain permanent residency (green cards) if they have ever needed help, or are likely to need help, from certain government programs and make it difficult for multi-generational families to care for one another and succeed.

The Public Charge rule was published in August 2019 and is scheduled to take effect February 24, 2020. We are continuing to work in coalition to stop this rule from being implemented. Read our takeaways on the final rule.

Litigation Challenging the Final Rule

Preliminary Injunctions Issued October 11, 2019

Preliminary Injunctions Issued October 14, 2019

Background Resources

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