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Update: Courts Block Public Charge Rule

October 14, 2019

On Friday, three federal courts in California, New York, and Washington issued judgments that will block the implementation of the Trump Administration’s public charge rule. As previously reported, the rule was to go in to effect on Tuesday, October 15.

The public charge rule would evaluate whether an immigrant who was applying for a visa, extension, entry into the United States, or another status would be likely to require public benefits in the future. The rule would make it easier to deny an application based on 20 different points.

The public charge rule led to noncitizens preemptively giving up their public benefits based on the fear they would face immigration-related penalties.

The public charge rule when it was officially published in August was legally challenged in eight federal courts. It is expected that the Trump Administration will appeal Friday’s ruling.


For Erickson Immigration Group’s previous coverage of the Public Charge Rule: Immigration Nerds Talk About Hidetaka Hirota about the Public Charge Rule | Trump Administration Introduces Final “Public Charge” RuleImmigration Nerds Talk with David Bier, CATO Institute, Using Government Benefits May Threaten Eligibility For Green Card