The proposed “public charge” rule would deny immigrants visas, green cards, and entry into the U.S. because they’ve received certain public benefits
The rule targets immigrants who have received or are considered likely to receive public benefits, including health insurance, nutrition assistance, and public housing. It would force families to choose between accessing critical resources like health care and keeping their families together.
The rule would radically reshape the U.S. immigration system. It would prioritize wealthy immigrant families over families with low incomes who have waited years to be reunited.CNN
Already, immigrant families have been forced to avoid basic care and benefits out of fear of retaliation from the Trump-Pence administration. For example, health care providers have seen a drop in immigrant parents taking their children to the doctor and a drop in pregnant women accessing prenatal care.Citylab
Experts worry the rule will have a “chilling effect” on the country by putting immigrants' health and safety at risk and forcing immigrants into the shadows.Rewire
About 27 million immigrants and their children are part of families with at least one member who receives public benefits.
Migration Policy Institute
The “public charge” rule would keep immigrant families from seeking lifesaving care and resources
The rule would lead to more poverty, hunger, unmet health needs, and racial disparities. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security noted that the rule could result in “worse health outcomes,” “increased use of emergency rooms,” “increased prevalence of communicable diseases,” and “increased rates of poverty,” among other concerns.
This policy will make people choose between feeding their families now or the possibility of being able to get legal status later.”
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank