February 24, 2020
Today the Department of Homeland Security’s expanded public charge regulation goes into effect. While the rule does not apply to most immigrants, it has caused confusion amongst immigrant communities across California, who may stop using vital public benefits programs in fear of jeopardizing their immigration status. It is important that these families get advice on their unique situation before making any decisions. In fact, most immigrants who are subject to public charge are ineligible for the benefits programs in the rule.
This expanded public charge rule only applies to people seeking visas to enter the U.S. or those already in the U.S. who apply to DHS for permanent residence, also known as a “green card”.
To counter the chilling effect this new policy is already having on immigrant communities, CIPC, which chairs the California Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition, condemns the expanded rule.
Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), said:
“Today, we call on every Californian of conscience to denounce this harmful DHS policy that seeks to generate fear in order to restructure our immigration system in favor of the privileged and wealthy.”
“CIPC stands with a powerful network of allies who are sharing resources and reducing the chilling effect of this regulation. Our best weapon against this Administration’s fear-mongering and intimidation tactics is to empower immigrant communities with facts and resources. We encourage families to seek counsel with One California immigration services contractors who are available across the state in order to make the best decision for their families. Protecting access to safety net programs is essential to ensuring all families who live in our state have an opportunity to thrive.”