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“Public Charge” dates back to the 19thcentury and denied entry to the U.S. to people who couldn’t work, didn’t have family here and or were experiencing poverty.

According to Victoria Crouse, the State Policy Fellow at the Michigan League for Public Policy an immigrant is considered a public charge when they depend on government assistance – until now the government had not explicitly defined “public charge.”

“What’s been proposed is that they actually defined the term “public charge” by statute and they essentially expand it to include use of basically any form of public benefit even when its sought out by the relatives of the immigrant who is applying like U.S. born children.” Aug 29, 2018 – WGVU Radio (Grand Rapids)

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