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Supreme Court Allows "Public Charge" Rule to Proceed

Friday, January 31, 2020  
Posted by: NACCHO
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Immigration & Public Health Policy - "Public Charge" Rule

NALBOH continues to discuss the Public Charge Rule and determine what we as board of health members can do to lower the impact of public health concerns and support our local health departments in their work. If you are looking for more information, please watch the Network for Public Health Law webinar on February 20th. More information here.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration can proceed with its "public charge" rule in a 5-4 decision. The decision set aside the preliminary injunction from New York that prevented the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) updated public charge rule from taking effect. The rule can go into effect nationwide while litigation continues, except for Illinois where it is blocked by a statewide injunction. The administration has said it will begin implementing the rule starting February 24.

Under the proposed rule, individuals can be denied entry into the country if they are deemed at risk of needing federal safety net benefits. It also penalizes immigrants already living in the U.S. who are trying to become lawful permanent residents if they have used federal safety net programs. NACCHO has opposed the rule because limited or reduced access to support programs will affect families' health, financial stability, and the healthy development of their children, and can cause a chilling affect for citizens in mixed-immigration status families from seeking out needed public health services.