On October 10, 2018, DHS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to drastically change how the agency adjudicates the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The proposal would include the use Medicaid, subsidized housing (including Section 8), and SNAP (Food Stamps) to the types of benefits that count against an intending immigrant in the public charge determination.
In addition, the proposed rule sets out a confusing standard of weighted factors, which if finalized, would add uncertainty and inconsistency to adjudications.
We urge your agency to submit comments detailing your opposition to the proposed changes. The comment period closes Tuesday, December 10th! The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), in partnership with AILA and AIC, has created a template comment focused on the impact to immigrants and immigration legal service providers, which is provided here for you to modify and submit.