Opposing the new “Public Charge” rules
September 11, 2019: GLAD has joined a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Women’s Law Center and others in support of Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction.
The Trump Administration has modified the current standards for a “public charge” in immigration policy. Currently the “public charge” definition pertains to primary dependency on the government, narrowly focused on people primarily dependent on the government through cash assistance or institutionalization for long-term care. Broadening the definition to include immigrants who could potentially be dependent on government assistance in the future further targets specific groups of immigrating people. This change would have a chilling effect that disproportionately impacts people of color, particularly women of color.