Trump administration instructions used to apply public charge rule contain substantial errors

By Sarah Alvarez

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Madison Allen, a lawyer and policy analyst at The Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington D.C., said, “The Trump Administration has been reckless in pushing forward their public charge regulation and it’s unsurprising to see them be equally reckless in their implementation efforts.”

“We anticipate that the regulation’s expanded criteria including age, credit score, and disability, are likely to harm many,” she continued and said they will try to monitor the policy’s implementation.

The Center for Constitutional Rights in New York has filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt to force the agency to disclose some of their decisionmaking as they worked to change and then implement the public charge rule. Ghita Schwartz, a lawyer for the Center says that they will also try to monitor the implementation of the rule but that she anticipates this will be challenging.

“It’s amazing how confusing, untransparent, and difficult it has become,” she said.

 

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