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"Public Charge" Rule

On August 13, 2019, the County of Santa Clara, along with the City and County of San Francisco, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to invalidate the new "public charge" rule that allows the federal government to deny entry or green cards to legal immigrants for using certain assistance programs, like non-emergency Medicaid or food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP).  

On August 28, 2019, the County of Santa Clara and the City and County of San Francisco filed a joint motion for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing or enforcing its new “public charge” rule.  The injunction would prevent the unlawful rule from causing widespread harm to the County public health, health and hospital systems, and economy. 
For more information or updates on the public charge rule, visit


Last updated: 9/20/2019 2:06 PM