Immigration and Nationality Act

A black and white photo of people going through immigration queues

Cuccinelli’s ‘bootstraps’ line reflects historical amnesia of ‘public charge’


The “likely to become a public charge” clause originally targeted southern and eastern European immigrants. It has since become a tool to exclude “undesirable” immigrants du jour.

A close up of a hand and a USCIS folder

Public charge rule has history of ‘racial exclusion,’ says immigration historian

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration reform at a podium in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2019

Can a ‘merit-based’ immigration system like Canada’s or Australia’s work in the US?

An 1882 cartoon print shows an Irishman confronting Uncle Sam in a boarding house filled with laborers.

Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ provision has roots in colonial US