BY N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- Following a court order, the Biden administration has stopped implementing the “public charge rule” which earlier created hurdles for legal immigration. According to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), his department has annulled the “public charge” rule for receiving green cards as per a federal court order.
In this regard, the Justice Department has informed the Supreme Court and all courts across the US that it is no longer defending the public charge regulation issued by the previous Trump administration.
The public charge rule was criticized, as it provided excessive discretion to reject a green card application from an immigrant, on the premise that s/he may use public benefits, including medicaid, public housing or food stamp.
The DHS will now follow the Clinton-era rules that deem immigrants public charges only if they were receiving long-term institutionalized care or government cash benefits.
“Under the 1999 interim field guidance, DHS will not consider a person’s receipt of Medicaid (except for Medicaid for long-term institutionalization), public housing, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as part of the public charge inadmissibility determination,” the department said.
“The 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them,” DHS Secretary Mayorkas said in a statement.
President Joe Biden had earlier instructed the DHS and other government bodies to scrap the public charge rule for legal immigration terming it an unfair rule.
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