On August 14, 2019, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule clarifying “public charge” rules on legal immigrant use of publicly funded safety-net services. This rule expands the definition of “public charge” to newly include receipt of Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as potentially disqualifications to citizenship. USCIS defines a “public charge,” for the purposes of determining inadmissibility, as an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. USCIS has previously defined a public charge as an individual who . . .
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