Last year, the Trump administration expanded the type of benefits that could be considered in a public charge determination. The expanded rule includes any use of Medicaid, food stamps, and more. The Supreme Court has previously allowed the rule to go into effect while litigation proceeds. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, three states, as well as New York City, have asked the Supreme Court to reconsider that ruling and temporarily suspend the rule until the emergency ends. They argue that deterring anyone from accessing benefits such as Medicaid will make it more likely that immigrants will spread COVID-19 and suffer from the virus in greater numbers. 

– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise

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