DHS' Proposed Rule: What May Change With Public Charge

Publication date: 
September 2018
DHS' Proposed Rule: What May Change With Public Charge

Executive Summary

In another effort to make it difficult for people to immigrate to the U.S., the Trump administration through the Department of Homeland Security is proposing a rule to undermine a longstanding immigration provision relating to the use of federal public benefits, such as Medicaid, nutrition, housing, and other vital programs. National Health Law Program Managing Attorney of the D.C. office Mara Youdelman, in a new issue brief, explains how the proposed DHS rule to re-make the "public charge" immigration provision would result in discouraging many eligible immigrants from accessing Medicaid and other federal public benefits for fear of negatively effecting their immigration status.