A billboard about the public charge rule at a bus stop on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 5, 2019. The billboard directs people concerned about the proposed rule to call a San Mateo County help line.

Courts blocked Trump’s public charge rule. Immigrant advocates say the proposal had a ‘chilling effect.’

The Trump administration this summer proposed a rule that would have made it harder for people to get green cards if they had been using government assistance like Medicaid, housing vouchers or food stamps — or if they were deemed likely to use those programs in the future. The so-called public charge rule was set to take effect on Oct. 15. Instead, courts issued temporary injunctions to stop the rule four days before it was due to kick in.

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