Public Charge

National Immigration Law Center (NILC) logo
August 2020
Issue Brief
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California has moved proactively to support immigrant families in response to restrictive federal immigration and safety net policies, but policies like the new “public charge” rule still pose risks, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rule significantly expands the criteria for determining whether applicants for permanent residency, or green cards, may be denied based on past or potential use of government benefit programs.
May 2020
Issue Brief
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The PIF Campaign recommends against proactively connecting coronavirus and public charge. In light of efforts by anti-immigrant activists to link immigration with infectious disease, PIF prefers to focus communication elsewhere.
March 2020
Talking Points
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Find all program-related materials for the webinar, "A Threat to Health and Wellbeing: Public Charge's Expected Impact and How Philanthropy Can Respond" here, including presentation and recording.
September 2019
Program Materials
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This brief and funding recommendations considers the implications of the 'public charge' rule and how philanthropy can mount an effective immediate and long-term response.
Two women with young girls on their laps, one with a pacifier, awaiting doctor's appointments in an office. Posted to accompany GCIR's brief and funding recommendations, Protecting Families and Advancing Belonging: How Philanthropy Can Answer Threats to the Well-Being of Immigrants.
August 2019
Funding Recommendations, Issue Brief
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Find all program-related materials for the webinar, "What Funders Need to Know About "Public Charge:" An Analysis of the Published Rule and How Funders Can Take Action" here, including presentation and recording.
October 2018
Program Materials
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A summary of some of the more important changes in the proposed "public charge" rule and how CLINIC plans to respond.
September 2018
Analysis, Funding Recommendations
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An analysis by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation of how the proposed "public charge" rule overhaul will impact immigrants' health coverage.
Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Policies for Immigrants: Implications for Health Coverage
September 2018
Analysis
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An analysis of impact on immigrant hunger of the proposed public charge rule that was posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s website in late September.
The Hunger Impact of the Proposed Public Charge Rule
September 2018
Analysis
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This issue brief explains how the proposed DHS rule to re-make the "public charge" immigration provision would result in discouraging many eligible immigrants from accessing Medicaid and other federal public benefits for fear of negatively effecting their immigration status. 
DHS' Proposed Rule: What May Change With Public Charge
September 2018
Issue Brief
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