Public Charge Resources


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Learn more about public charge and the proposed rule change using the listed resources below!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – USCIS answers questions regarding public charge and when it is applied during the citizenship process.

Unofficial Proposed Rule Change – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the proposed rule change on September 22, 2018, and on October 10, 2018, the rule change was officially published to the Federal Register.

The Proposed Rule Change in the Federal Register – View the actual proposed rule change and details on the Federal Register’s page.


Outreach Resources

We have taken the time to create and gather user-friendly resources, so you don’t have to! Provided below is a sample outreach email to encourage others to submit a public comment, a sample newsletter blurb, a sample school board resolution opposing the proposed rule change, sample bulletin inserts for your place of worship, and guidelines on how to talk to families that will be impacted by the chilling effects.

Outreach Email

Sample Newsletter Blurb

Sample School Board Resolution

Sample Bulletin Insert

How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families


Social Media Resources

Provided below are branded social media graphics and posts that you can use on your organization’s social media pages! Social media is a great tool to reach your followers and engage them to make a public comment on the proposed rule change.

Sample Social Media Graphics

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Sample Social Media Posts

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National Organization Statements

Below are a number of national organizations that have made statements opposing the proposed rule change. These vary from healthcare to faith-based associations.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors – “The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted policy opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to penalize lower income immigrant families by denying them visas and green cards because they have received vital non-cash benefits to which they are legally entitled.”

Food Research and Action Center – “The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed “public charge” rule would fuel rates of hunger and food insecurity among immigrant families, including families with U.S. citizen children.”

National Low Income Housing Coalition – “The last thing the federal government should do is punish families that have fallen on hard times for feeding their children or keeping a roof over their heads and avoiding homelessness.”

Interfaith Immigration Coalition – “We urge the Administration to consider the moral implications of these changes; denying families access to even the most basic human needs assistance is unconscionable.”

American Academy of Physicians – “Family physicians’ greatest concern about this proposed rule is that, regardless of their immigrant status, patients will risk their own health and safety — and that of the community — by avoiding needed health services from their trusted doctors.”

American Medical Association – “Denying vital services to recent immigrants is no way to ensure they become productive citizens. Rather, it forces them to make choices about health care that may harm their families and worsen public health.”

Farmworker Justice – “Farmworkers and other low-wage immigrant workers will be disproportionately harmed by this rule.”

American Academy of Pediatrics – “The public charge proposal presents immigrant families with an impossible choice: keep yourself or your children healthy but risk being separated, or forgo vital services like preventive care and food assistance so your family can remain together in this country.”

Association of American Medical Colleges – “The proposed new rule would create a system where individuals are penalized for using health programs for which they legally qualify and could cause them to forgo crucial medical care, bringing with it all the health consequences that could follow.”

National Education Association – “As educators we know firsthand how families benefit from programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, and housing assistance. What kind of country are we to deny children the basics needed to grow and learn?”

American Hospital Association – “The public charge proposal released this weekend could jeopardize access to health services for millions of legal immigrants across the country, including children, seniors, the disabled and those with chronic conditions.”