public charge

public charge

n. a general term for an indigent, sick or severely handicapped person who must be taken care of at public expense.

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These were, that he should, for a term of years, reside in a spacious mansion where several other gentlemen were lodged and boarded at the public charge, who went clad in a sober uniform of grey turned up with yellow, had their hair cut extremely short, and chiefly lived on gruel and light soup.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra last night led a coalition of five attorneys general in filing a motion for preliminary injunction to block the Trump Administrations Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule, known as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Public Charge Rule, from taking effect while litigation continues.
There are almost 1,100 public charge facilities available across the country.
Sadly, the Trump administration now has chosen to hurl a firebomb into a hay barn with a callous interpretation of longstanding immigration rules that prevents immigrants from gaining admission, renewing visas or obtaining green cards if they are, "likely at any time to become a public charge." Until now, the interpretation of "public charge" in the Immigration and Nationality Act has leaned toward the spirit of the "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" inscription on the Statue of Liberty.
If forced to use these public charge points, would there be a queue of other drivers waiting their turn?
The attorneys-general of California, Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia filed the latest court challenge to the "public charge" rule on Friday, describing it as unconstitutional, American News reported.
Today it operates Polar, the largest electric vehicle charging network in the UK, with more than 7,000 public charge points, and provides a comprehensive, flexible and innovative range of home, workplace and public charging solutions.
"Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge," he said.
"They certainly are: 'Give me your tired and your poor' who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge," Cuccinelli responded.
Clarke said that the public charge rule announcement has yet again come on the wrong side of history, treating immigrants as less than human.
The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump Administration "is releasing a final rule that will protect American taxpayers, preserve social safety net for vulnerable Americans, and uphold the rule of law." It affirmed that this action "will help ensure that if aliens want to enter or remain in the US they must support themselves, and not rely on public benefits." "An alien who receives public benefits above a certain threshold is known as a "public charge," it noted.
"The final rule includes definitions of certain terms critical to the public charge determination, such as "public charge" and "public benefit," whichA are not definedA in the statute, and explains the factors DHS will consider in the totality of the circumstances when making a public charge inadmissibility determination."

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