NCHA Submits Comment Letter Addressing Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

NCHA has submitted a comment letter addressing the US Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule that would enable the federal government to carry out provisions of U.S. immigration law related to the public charge ground of inadmissibility. This proposed rule would change the standard that is used when determining whether an alien is likely at any time in the future to become a public charge and is therefore inadmissible under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), ineligible for adjustment of status, or ineligible for admission or a visa. The rule would also make nonimmigrant aliens who are public charges generally ineligible for change of status and extension of stay. NCHA does not support the proposed changes to this rule. The new rule could deter enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and as a result, children and adults who are lawfully in the country could become uninsured. For more details, see the attached comment letter.

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