The Trump Administration's rule change has raised many questions about how public assistance will be used to determine whether an immigrant may be admitted to the United States or granted Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status.
The rule broadens the number of public assistance programs that the federal government will consider to determine if a person is a “public charge”. The rule now includes previously excluded health, nutrition, and housing programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP.
The new rule will make it more difficult for some immigrants to achieve LPR status, and could cause immigrants to unnecessarily deny themselves of public assistance benefits they may need.
This issue brief provides a detailed review of the new rule and an examination of its broader implications for state agencies and their interactions with immigrants seeking to participate in public benefit programs.