Gauging the Impact of DHS’ Proposed Public-Charge Rule on U.S. Immigration

Although the Trump administration’s push for legislation to cut and reshape legal immigration has struggled to gain traction in Congress, a proposed rule published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2018 may do just that. The proposed public-charge rule, which would apply a significantly expanded test to determine if green-card applicants would be likely to use specified public benefits in the future, could potentially have put most recent legal permanent residents at risk of green-card denial.

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