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On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed public charge regulation was published in the Federal Register. This regulation would mark a fundamental change from our nation’s historic commitment to welcoming immigrants. You can view the DHS proposed rule HERE.

Important to note
The Administration is legally required to review public comments on the proposed regulation. Commenters will not be required to give their address or divulge their immigration status. Members of the public may post official comments through Cities for Action.

What is Public Charge?
“Public Charge” is a term used by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.

An immigrant who is found likely to become a “public charge” may be denied admission to the U.S. or lawful permanent resident status. 

Learn more under the Public Charge tab on the Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs' webpage.