CHN: Trump-era anti-immigrant public charge rule changes permanently blocked nationwide

In a huge win for immigrants and the advocates who fight for them, the Supreme Court on March 9 dismissed an upcoming case regarding the Trump Administration’s harmful 2019 public charge regulations. The move followed an announcement from the Biden Administration Department of Justice that it would no longer defend the Trump-era changes, which made it more difficult for many immigrants to come to or stay in the U.S. if they use certain public benefits they are legally entitled to, such as SNAP/food stamps, housing assistance, or Medicaid. Under the Trump rule, immigrants could also be denied entry if they had low incomes. Not long after the Supreme Court dismissed the pending appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the government’s appeal as well. This means that the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant public charge changes are permanently blocked nationwide, and that it is now again safe for immigrants and their families to access health, nutrition, and housing programs for which they are eligible.

CHN is proud to be a member of the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition, led by the National Immigration Law Center and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), which headed up the fight against the harmful changes.

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