5 Things You Need to Know on ‘Public Charge’

By Pilar Marrero 

Five federal courts have banned the United States government in the last few days from changing the rules on the use of public benefits for applicants seeking permanent residency or a non-immigrant visa, leaving things as they have been for more than 20 years.

“There is now a nationwide injunction and it means that the Public Charge rule is not in effect while the litigation continues and …it may never take effect,” said attorney Madison Allen, of the Center for Law and Social Policy. “The plaintiffs had to show that they had a likelihood of winning on the merits and that they could prove imminent harm.”

But fear in the community of the consequences of asking for public benefits fueled by misinformation threatens to have dire consequences for families.


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