Immigrants who were afraid of applying for food stamps, medical care, and most other benefits under the Trump administration should go ahead and do so now. The Biden administration requested that the U.S. Supreme Court dismiss the public charge rule changes proposed by the Trump administration, and the court has done so.

Many immigrants refrained from applying for food stamps, medical care, and other benefits during the Trump presidency because they were concerned that their applications would negatively impact their immigration status. This was actually never really a danger for most immigrants in Maine. However, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies of that administration made people afraid. The public charge rules have returned to pre-Trump levels.