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DOJ Forwards Public Charge Rule to OMB

On July 3rd, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posted receipt of a “public charge” rule from the Department of Justice (DOJ)-


RIN: 1125-AA84

Status: Pending Review

TITLE: Inadmissibility and Deportability on Public Charge Grounds

STAGE: Proposed Rule


RECEIVED DATE: 07/03/2019


While the text of the rule is not public, it is expected to be a companion rule similar to a Department of Homeland Security rule published for public comment in October 2018.

It is believed that the strict adherence to the public charge rule could greatly expand persons who could be deported for using public benefits, such as public welfare, food stamps or other social services without an ability to pay themselves or by their sponsors.

Current law allows deportation of immigrants that receive government social benefits within five years of U.S. arrival but the government has not made great use of the deportation method in recent years.

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Robert Maples, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Government Policy

Robert Y. Maples is experienced in the Washington, D.C. federal, state and public affairs arenas. He has also been an advocate for building pragmatic alliances to resolve major social issues and has pioneered strategies for addressing complex public affairs crises in collaborative versus confrontational contexts. He continues his advocacy of pragmatic alliances in furtherance of client/government collaborations among the Congress and federal agencies, and serves as state counsel on complex client public policy matters. He is experienced in complex problem solving in...