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.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients received a reprieve, in late November when a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the end of DACA. The recipients were given a small victory, but fear of deportation remains. The DACA recipients and the Trump Administration anxiously await to learn if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case.
The Trump administration may soon expand the criteria used to determine whether immigrants seeking permanent residency status are at risk of becoming a “burden to American taxpayers.” News of the proposed changes to the “public charge” test have spread through immigrant communities around the country, including in East Palo Alto.