President Biden’s Executive Order Targets Immediate Review of Public Charge Agency Actions | Law Firm Newswire

President Biden’s Executive Order Targets Immediate Review of Public Charge Agency Actions

Dallas immigration lawyers

Dallas immigration lawyers - Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – President Joe Biden signed an executive order that mandates an immediate "top-to-bottom" review of the Trump Administration's restrictive immigration policies centering on inadmissibility on public charge grounds.

Executive Order 14012, issued on February 2, 2021, directs the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security to evaluate the implementation and effects of the Public Charge Rule. These Departments are directed to consult with the heads of other relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
The order also rescinds a Trump Administration memorandum requiring families to repay the government if sponsored relatives receive public benefits. The Public Charge Rule allows the federal government to bar an individual from gaining permanent resident status based on such persons' receipt of public benefits.
 
"Finally, an examination of the Trump-era Public Charge Rule — a rule which has added nothing but another wall to legal immigration," commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. "A petitioner's Affidavit of Support in support of a family member has worked well for years to prevent public expenditures for new immigrants. The elimination of the Public Charge rule barrier would be a welcome change."
 
The executive order marks a departure from the previous administration's restrictive immigration policies. Federal agencies have been instructed to "develop welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion and citizenship."
 
The departments have 60 days from when the order was issued to provide the President with a report that identifies actionable steps for addressing the Public Charge Rule's impact on the immigration system. The affected agencies must also issue recommendations for what each agency can do to inform affected communities about public charge policies and potential changes in a way that avoids "fear and confusion."
 
The Public Charge Rule was first announced in August 2019 and faced multiple lawsuits. The final rule expanded the public programs considered in the federal government's public charge determination. The focus of the public charge inadmissibility grounds shifted to a burdensome wealth test instead of evaluating an individual's likelihood of needing public benefits in the future.

By Appointment Only
Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 900
Dallas, TX 75240
http://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com

  • ICE Issues Its Interim Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities
    <p>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on May 27, 2021, issued its interim guidance on civil immigration enforcement priorities, giving prosecutors more discretion to decide which immigration cases to pursue. Attorneys of the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) are responsible for initiating removal proceedings against a person based on the factors outlined in the ...</p>
    The post <a href="https://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com/blog/">Immigration Law Blog</a> first appeared on <a href="https://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com">Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.</a>.
  • The 2021 Annual Ombudsman’s Report Highlights Ongoing USCIS Processing Issues with Removing Conditions on Residence
    <p>The Office of the USCIS Ombudsman issued its 2021 Annual Report for calendar year 2020. In it, the Ombudsman’s office has identified many operations issues including those faced by foreign nationals who have filed to remove conditions on their residence. The report discussed USCIS long delays in processing petitions to remove conditions on residence which ...</p>
    The post <a href="https://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com/blog/">Immigration Law Blog</a> first appeared on <a href="https://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com">Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.</a>.
  • USCIS Waives Interviews for Certain Adjustment of Status Applicants
    <p>USCIS has begun exercising case-by-case discretion in waiving in-person interviews for certain adjustment of status applicants. As background, on October 1, 2017, and onward, the prior administration began requiring that all adjustment of status applications based on employment be interviewed prior to adjudicating each application. By mid-2021, USCIS is exercising its discretion to waiver such ...</p>
    The post <a href="https://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com/blog/">Immigration Law Blog</a> first appeared on <a href="https://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com">Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.</a>.



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required