On Saturday, September 22, 2018, The Trump Administration announced a proposed public charge rule that would greatly undercut efforts to address food insecurity and poverty by making it harder for immigrant families to access a range of nutrition, health, and housing benefits that are essential to our nation’s health and well-being. The proposed rule expansively — and unnecessarily — redefines what being a “public charge” means, fundamentally changing who would be able to enter and stay in the United States. The deeply flawed rule unravels decades of sound and settled public policy that draws a clear line between which public benefits may be used without causing public charge consequences, and which ones may not. If adopted, this rule would make immigrant families afraid to seek programs that safeguard their health, nutrition, housing, and economic security.
FRAC serves on the Steering Committee as the nutrition lead of the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign, which is mobilizing a nationwide resistance effort to reject this attack on the nation’s health and well-being.