Advocates caution immigrant families: Wait before reacting to ‘public charge’ rule
By Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick
“People are just afraid to have anything to do with the government,” Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy’s income and work supports team, said. “They’re afraid if their information will be shared it will be held against them in some way.”
Lower-Basch added that the potential rule change has many caveats — pregnant women in many states are eligible for Medicaid regardless of their citizenship status, refugees who are eligible for benefits are not subject to a public charge determination and the rule does not apply to benefits received before Oct. 15.
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