Public Charge Rule Change

There is a proposed rule change to a federal law having to do with the public charge standard. It is being proposed by the Department of Homeland Security and the comment period is over on December 10, 2018. If you wish to make a comment or know someone who might have a personal story to tell in a comment, the time to act is now.

Public charge is a standard used to determine whether someone who is residing legally in the U.S. (Green Card holders) or individuals looking to become legal residents, will become a financial drain on the country. The new "public charge" rule, if adopted, would allow immigration officials to deny green cards or visa changes for individuals who receive public benefits or are deemed likely to receive benefits in the future. 

This rule, if adopted, would have a profound effect on many of the people the MCAEL network of adult ESOL providers serve.

According to the National Skills Coalition, “the new rule will create difficult choices for adult learners and jobseekers. Many participants in training programs depend on benefits that would be counted against them -- such as SNAP or Medicaid -- to be able to persist and complete their education. As a result, adult learners and jobseekers will be faced with the difficult decision of whether to dis-enroll from health and nutrition programs and jeopardize their ability to complete their training, or to stay enrolled in the programs and potentially jeopardize their immigration status.”

We wanted to make you aware of this and encourage you to submit a comment in opposition of this proposal. The deadline to comment is December 10, 2018. Submit your comment here now.

For more information please visit:
National Skills Coalition
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
National Immigration Law Center

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 15:03

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