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Intersection of Public Benefits and Immigration: Final Public Charge Rule

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The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic hosted a training that examined immigrant eligibility for public benefits and how such benefits may be implicated in the final U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The training provided immigration practitioners from Depaul’s Legal Resources Project partners with public benefits knowledge that they will need to conduct their practices in light of this major immigration policy change. The AILC brought in public benefits experts Carrie Chapman of the Legal Council for Health Justice, Kristin Hartsaw of the DuPage Federation for Human Services Reform, and Andrea Kovach of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law to give an overview of key public benefits that are implicated in the final rule. Director of the AILC Sioban Albiol, and staff attorney Nicole Minnis provided a deeper dive into the public charge rule itself. The final rule becomes effective on October 15, 2019. The AILC, along with its partners in the community, will continue to monitor developments relating to the public charge rule, and provide updates and trainings to partners so they can maintain informed immigration practices.