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.

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.

Francesca Costa

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

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