The “public charge” rule is part of the Trump administration’s broader push to favor skilled applicants and those who are less likely to rely on public assistance. The government estimates some 380,000 applicants would be immediately subject to review under the new guidance after they are finalized in October.
Critics vowed to challenge the regulation in court, charging that it unfairly penalizes low-income immigrants — particularly those of color — and warned it would stoke fear in immigrant communities.
Following the announcement of the final rule, the National Immigrant Law Center has announced it will file a lawsuit against the policy.
“We look forward to seeing Trump in court — again — and to seeing justice prevail as we defend immigrant families and our democracy,” Hincapié added.