Public Charge

What would you do if you had to choose between providing your children with food and health care and keeping your family together? Millions of families may be faced with this choice very soon if we don’t act now.

The federal government is rumored to propose changes to a longstanding federal immigration rule about “public charge.” In doing so, these regulations would jeopardize the status of millions of immigrants who use—or whose children use—health, housing, nutrition, and other key services and support. It would do this by radically altering the way in which federal officials evaluate whether certain immigrants are—or are likely to become—a “public charge.”

The mere threat to these rules, which have been leaked to several national news publications, has already contributed to the climate of fear and stress faced by immigrant communities today. Adoption of the rules by the federal government could create further confusion, deepen fear in the community, and significantly impact access to health and social services for California’s children, where one in two children are part of an immigrant family. 

In partnership with The California Endowment, and with input from partners like the National Immigration Law Center and the California Immigrant Policy Center, we have created a video to inform you about potential changes to “public charge,” its impact on children and families, and ways you can get involved to not allow these changes to move forward.

#RiseUpAsOne Download and share our video.

Over the last eighteen months, The Children’s Partnership has worked to show you how the national climate toward immigrant families impacts the wellbeing of children in California and across the nation. Through our Healthy Mind, Healthy Future initiative, research with health providers in California, and engagement with education partners in our ALL IN For Safe Schools campaign, we seek to provide you with information about what policymakers, advocates, and communities can do to support children in immigrant families. We will continue to fight for all children and will share more with the upcoming release of a 500-person survey of families in California. 

The Children’s Partnership is an active member of the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future Campaign to fight these impending draft rules. The campaign is co-led by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). We join them and families nationwide in denouncing this attack on immigrant families.

Learn more about how you can get involved with the campaign and sign a petition to oppose the proposed rule. Follow us at @Kidspartnership on social media to stay informed. 

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Tweet: The Trump Admin is rumored to propose changes to fed immigration laws about “public charge”. The health of millions of CA children is at risk w/ potential changes that would punish immigrant families 4 taking care of their children. Learn more http://bit.ly/2prw4k0

Tweet: The fed gov’t is trying to change the rules, in doing so, punishing families 4 taking care of their children. Public Charge refers to people who primarily rely on the gov’t to support the cost of day-to-day living. Find out more in our new video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

Tweet: So far NOTHING has changed for immigrants in the U.S. but there are proposed changes that would add services to the list that could be considered when deeming someone a #PublicCharge. Find out what services this could include in @KidsPartnership’s video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

Tweet: Using benefits is never the only factor when deciding who might be a #publiccharge. It also does not apply to certain groups of immigrants. Find out who could be affected in @KidsPartnership new video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

Tweet: If the changes to #PublicCharge go through, health programs like #Medicaid, #CHIP, or Tax credits that help people get insurance through marketplaces like #CoveredCalifornia could be affected. Learn more @KidsPartnership new video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

Tweet: Although there may be changes in the future your #health your wellbeing and that of your children is important. For now, you should continue in programs you need to take care of your family. Learn more in @KidsPartnership video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

Tweet: Some of the country’s biggest advocacy organizations are taking action to oppose this proposal. Speak Up this is wrong for families and this is wrong for America! Share your story! Learn more in @KidsPartnership new #PublicCharge video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

Tweet: Let’s not punish Immigrant families for taking care of their children. Visit Nilc.org and make your voice heard. Let’s #RaiseUpAsOne for our family, for your family, for all families. Learn more in @KidsPartnership new #PublicCharge video http://bit.ly/2J5Cdx2

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