Standing with Immigrant Families: Philanthropy California Opposes Final Public Charge Rules and Encourages Philanthropy to Take Action

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Philanthropy CA logo, which features a green, blue, and orange circle next to their name in blue letters. Accompanies their statement, Standing with Immigrant Families: Philanthropy California Opposes Final Public Charge Rules and Encourages Philanthropy to Take Action.

This week the Administration finalized the public charge rule, placing the health and well-being of millions of families at risk.  

The public charge rule will effectively bar immigrants from obtaining legal permanent residence if government determines they are likely to utilize government benefit programs such as food stamps or subsidized housing. The rule essentially forces families to decide between legal permanent residence, and a pathway to citizenship, or  life-saving healthcare, food assistance and housing support. 

The finalized public charge rule is counter to our nation’s most fundamental values, and philanthropy simply cannot replace the scope and scale of government funding for core human services that support the wellbeing of our communities. Philanthropy California stands with advocates and communities across the country in our unwavering opposition to the public charge rule.  

In December, Philanthropy California joined hundreds of advocates, providers, and funders in rejecting this harmful immigration policy that departs from longstanding immigration policy in place for nearly two decades.  The final rule in effect would worsen the well-being, health, and stabilities of millions of children and families already living in the U.S. and would fracture communities across the country. Philanthropy California, in partnership with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, mobilized over 30 foundations across the state to oppose the rule as a part of the national Protecting Immigrant Families campaign. In total, more than 266,000 people and organizations, overwhelmingly in opposition to the rule, submitted comments – the highest number during any comment period.    

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