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"Public Charge" and Protecting Families


In the face of the Trump administration’s cruel attacks on low-income communities, including immigrants, California must defend, protect, and expand access to vital programs for nutrition, medical care, and basic needs. Anti-immigrant attempts to punish families through discriminatory “public charge” rules only chip away at the fabric of our state and undermine our future. CIPC is working to lead efforts in California to push back on any attempts to restrict or punish families for accessing basic care and necessities that help us all thrive.

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Protecting Families

No one should be forced to choose between feeding their families and risking being separated from their loved ones. However, the Trump administration has launched yet another attack on immigrant families. Specifically, the administration is seeking to punish people applying for a Green Card if they access nutrition, housing, and medical care programs for which they are already eligible. The administration aims to do this by expanding an arcane rule with racist roots, called “public charge”.

It’s important to know that NO changes have been implemented for people applying for a green card in the U.S.* Rather than restricting people’s ability to access nutrition, visit a doctor when they get sick, or get needed support that puts a roof over their head, we need to expand our circle of care.

*Some exceptions may apply. Read more here.



On Oct. 10, the Trump administration formally proposed a "public charge" regulation.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s proposal to expand “public charge” is a blatant attempt to rig our immigration system against community members who are low-income, have limited English proficiency, or have disabilities. It would have a devastating impact on millions of people who are a vital part of our communities. (Note: This proposal is NOT yet in effect)

Starting today, the public has 60 days (also known as a “comment period”) to tell DHS what we think about their proposed rule.

Take Action

Subscribe to public charge alerts to learn how to protect immigrant families! You can also review the Resources section below for more information.


For Community

  • For a list of immigration legal service providers, click here
  • OurAmericanStory.us - For templates for submitting public comments

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Who Is California PIF?

In addition to supporting national efforts to protect families, CIPC will continue to monitor potential changes as a convener of the California - Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (California - PIF). The CA- PIF coalition has been actively fighting back attempts to punish families, including expressing deep opposition to a draft of the proposed rule shared by DHS on Sept. 22nd (Read the CA-PIF statement here). This diverse coalition includes California advocates working on health, nutrition, anti-poverty, and more.

California Protecting Immigrant Families | Coalition Members:

  • Alameda County
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
  • Asian Health Services
  • Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
  • Berkeley Media Studies Group
  • California API Budget Partnership
  • California Association of Food Banks (CAFB)
  • California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH)
  • California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)
  • California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
  • California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
  • California Primary Care Association (CPCA)
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA Foundation)
  • County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA)
  • California WIC Association
  • Californians Together
  • Children Now
  • Children’s Defense Fund - California (CDF)
  • City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency
  • Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
  • Community Action Marin
  • Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC)
  • Dignity Health
  • First 5 Marin
  • Greenlining Institute
  • Health Access
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
  • Justice in Aging
  • L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD)
  • Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • MomsRising
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
  • NextGen America
  • SEIU California
  • Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • The California Endowment
  • The Children's Partnership
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty


For more information, please contact:

Sarah Dar
Health Policy Manager

For media inquiries, please contact:

Carolina Gamero
Senior Communications Specialist