Fight Over Public Charge Rule Change Isn’t Over

By Mark Hedin


“The fight over the Trump administration’s effort to change the “public charge” rule continues. Advocates gathered on a teleconference call for ethnic media on Jan. 31 agreed that the fight continues, despite a Supreme Court ruling earlier in the week that lifted an injunction blocking its implementation.

The changes instruct the Department of Homeland Security to begin applying tougher standards in considering applications for green cards or for visas to enter the United States. Those standards are now set to take effect on Feb. 24, the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced on Jan. 30.

The Supreme Court decision did not rule on the merits of the case. Rather, it found that a lower court had overstepped its authority in October by issuing a nationwide injunction against the proposed changes scheduled to take effect that month.

At the press briefing, Rep. Judy Chu of California’s 27th District, along with Mayra Alvarez of the Children’s Partnership and lawyers Alvaro Huerta of the National Immigration Law Center and Madison Allen of CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, discussed the implications of the court’s decision, gave suggestions on what steps people should or shouldn’t take if they’re concerned about how the new rules might affect them, and described what responses their advocates are planning, too.”


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