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Public Charge Rule May Withhold Green Cards for Immigrants in NeedSalem-News.com
Supreme Court decided to allow the new "public charge" rule to take effect affecting legal immigrants across the United States.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The Supreme Court on Monday issued a ruling that lifted the injunction on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s "public charge rule" – a rule that makes it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards.
What is the public charge rule? It is defined as an individual who is likely to become “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance, or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.”
Federal appeals courts had previously issued injunctions blocking the rule.
Monday's ruling means the policy can go into effect in Oregon and every state, except for Illinois which is covered by a separate injunction. The lawsuits are not over, but the Supreme Court’s decision allows the rule to go into effect during the litigation.
The new public charge rule expands the list of benefits that the federal government may consider when determining whether someone is a public charge, which would make it more difficult for them to get a green card.
These benefits include:
The public charge rule does not apply to many federal and state programs, including but not limited to:
The Oregon Health Authority is the state agency responsible for protecting the health of all 4 million people living in Oregon.
In a previous statement issued after the original federal rule was announced, the Oregon Health Authority said, "This rule is in direct conflict with our agency’s mission which is to help people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being and improve access to quality, affordable health care."
OHA encourages anyone who has questions or concerns about how public charge may affect them or members of their family to seek counsel from a qualified immigration attorney.
Call the Oregon Law Center-Legal Aid Services of Oregon Public Benefits Hotline at 800-520-5292.
Find an immigration attorney at Oregon Immigration Resource.
Source: Oregon Health Authority
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