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The Public Charge Rule: What it Means and What You Can Do to Stop It

By Cheryl Fish-Parcham,


On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would make it much harder for immigrants to obtain visas (including visas to study or work in the U.S.), extend their visas, or adjust their status to become lawful permanent residents.

The proposal would have an especially severe impact on low-wage workers and their families, but it would also harm the health and economic well-being of all of our communities. The public can comment on the proposed rule until December 9, 2018. The administration must then read and develop responses to the comments before finalizing a rule.

In our analysis, we take a deep dive into what public charge is and provide an explanation of the Trump administration’s proposals, with a particular emphasis on how the changes will impact recipients of health care programs. We also provide key guidance on where and how individuals and organizations can submit comments.

Download the analysis here.