Immigration: Public Charge Rule Takes Effect

On February 24, the public charge rule takes effect nationwide. The public charge rule defines how the Department of Homeland Security decides who is inadmissible to the U.S. because the government thinks they are likely to become a “public charge,” based on the use of certain government benefits. The rule will make it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to immigrate to the United States. It will also discourage those who are already here from using critical public benefits, including the Medicaid-funded home and community based services that many people with disabilities rely on to fully participate in their communities. The Arc and other disability advocacy groups filed amicus briefs in lawsuits attempting to block implementation of the rule. However, the Supreme Court issued an order lifting a nationwide injunction on January 27. While the rule is currently in effect, litigation is ongoing. Learn more.

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