More Than 100 Business Leaders File Amicus Brief Challenging DHS’s Public Charge Rule

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Participants include Boundless Immigration, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, Twitter, Warby Parker

A coalition of more than 100 of the nation’s leading companies and job creators today filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, urging that the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge rule is an arbitrary, capricious and unconscionable regulation. Collectively, the companies involved in the brief employ approximately one million American workers and generate more than one trillion dollars in revenue.

The brief argues that the public charge rule creates substantial, unprecedented and unnecessary obstacles for individuals seeking to come to the United States or stay as legal permanent residents. By hindering immigration—including the movement of highly-skilled immigrants—the public charge rule will slow economic growth, prevent businesses from expanding, and break faith with core American values.

Efforts to oppose the public charge rule were led by Boundless Immigration, a technology company helping families navigate the immigration process.

“The public charge rule will add an unprecedented level of complexity and subjectivity onto the immigration system,” said Xiao Wang, CEO of Boundless Immigration. “This country and the major employers represented in this filing are made better by talented and hard-working immigrants. We will continue to fight back against this administration’s efforts to deter, delay, and deny legal immigration.”

The full letter, along with the list of signees, is here.

Should the public charge rule go into effect, legal immigrants could be denied a temporary visa or a green card if they have poor credit scores, earn less than a comfortable middle-class salary, are over the age of 61, have debt of any kind, or lack previous educational degrees, among many other unprecedented disqualifying factors. In October, five federal courts ruled against the government and blocked DHS from implementing its version of the public charge rule. Most recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld an injunction on the rule entered by a federal district judge in New York. Despite this, the Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow the rule to still be implemented.

To learn more about the public charge rule, visit http://www.boundless.com.

About Boundless Immigration
Boundless Immigration (http://www.boundless.com) is dedicated to empowering families to navigate the U.S. immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably. Founded in 2017 by immigration policy and technology experts — many of whom went through the U.S. immigration process themselves — the company created an online platform that has helped thousands of people apply for green cards and U.S. citizenship while providing access to independent immigration attorneys.

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