The final public charge regulation, which went into effect Dec. 23, 2022, confirms that eligible immigrant families can use safety net programs without immigration concerns, including programs for health care, housing, food and tax credits, and that past, current and future receipt of these benefits will not be considered public charge. It will also protect their future by making it harder for future U.S. presidents to radically change public charge policy, and it clarifies that a child’s or other family member’s use of federal safety net programs never affects the applicant’s immigration application.
Our nation has long welcomed those seeking to achieve their dreams, because we know that our worth – and our potential – is about more than what’s in our pockets. The Children’s Partnership urges elected officials in California, across the country and at the federal level to support the dignity of immigrants, recognize their contributions to this country and pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Join Us and Help Protect AND Prepare Our Communities
As multiple reports indicate that the Trump Administration is planning raids across the country, It is important to be prepared and ensure immigrant families know their rights.
Everybody has rights under the U.S. constitution that may be exercise in a situation like a raid.
TCP SUBMITTED COMMENT TO HUD TO PROTECT HOUSING FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
The Children’s Partnership (TCP) opposes the eviction of mixed-status families. Mixed-status families are households that include both documented and undocumented members. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” families from living in public and other subsidized housing. If the rule goes through, more than 55,000 children face eviction.
ALL IN FOR SAFE SCHOOLS
AB 699, also referred to as Safe Havens, or Sanctuary Schools is a new law in CA that provides important protections for students in immigrant families. The Children’s Partnership is working with The CA Endowment, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Californians Together, the CA Association for Bilingual Educators, and others as ALL IN for Safe Schools Coalition with the purpose of fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment in California’s PreK-12 schools.
KNOW YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH CARE RIGHTS
Our new pamphlet includes information on existing options for undocumented and mixed-status families. It outlines health care rights and protections, and it provides information about accessing care locally. Download Here
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA Program)
The Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides over 800,000 children and young adults with some sense of security and the ability to work legally. The Children’s Partnership is heartbroken and deeply disappointed in this cruel and irresponsible action by the Trump Administration. As advocates for children, we know firsthand this policy extends far beyond its intended recipients, and we strongly oppose the efforts of the Trump Administration to drive policies of hate that separate our families. Rescinding DACA, in addition to the harmful negative immigration rhetoric we hear from this Administration, is causing fear and panic in communities – putting children at higher risk of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, & withdrawal and harming their healthy development. We know that nearly 25% of DACA recipients are parents. If these parents are detained, deported, and/or unable to work legally, their children will also experience a loss of housing and food insecurity. The research is clear on this, when parents have the opportunity to improve, younger generations do better. That is truly the American dream. “The American values of hard work and fairness are part of every family who calls this country home. We urge our leaders to put our nation’s values into action and seek a permanent solution for the 800,000 DACA recipients and the thousands of children and other family members that depend on them.” – Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership
OUR LATEST LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE DREAM ACT
Read our latest letter in support of the Dream Act, co-authored by our Kids Coalitions:
Over 320 Child Youth Organizations Call for Immediate Passage of Dream Act