N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- The Biden administration has stopped enforcing the Trump-era public charge rule of tightening and banning low-income and government beneficiaries on green cards. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Meyerkas said the law on public charges had been suspended since Tuesday.
On Tuesday alone, the Supreme Court granted the Biden administration’s request to dismiss cases in favor of enforcing the public charge rule. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to a retrial under the Public Charges Act.
Immediately on Tuesday, the Department of Justice informed courts across the country that it would not defend the Trump-era public charge rule. According to Mayerkas, the 2019 Public Charges Act violates US values.
Now, green card applicants do not have to fill up the self-reliance form I944. USCIS has removed the firm from its website and system.
According to the rules of public charge, those who have taken and are likely to take government benefits for health, housing, and food in the United States were being tightened with green cards. Last month, President Joe Biden ordered a review of the Public Charge Act.
Following the Justice Department’s move, the Seventh Circuit Court dismissed the appeal to enforce the public charge rule. The Biden administration will now enforce the Clinton-era rules on public charges.
According to the 1999 Interim Directive, the government will not charge ordinary Medicaid, housing, food stamps, and other food facilities as a determinant of the green card as a public charge. It has also been clarified that vaccines and treatment against corona will not be counted in the public charge.
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