What is public charge?
Immigration officials can use the "public charge" test to determine if an immigrant can enter the U.S. and/or become a lawful permanent resident. Through the public charge rule change, immigrants’ health, age, income, skills, and use of anti-poverty programs–including SNAP, housing assistance, cash assistance, and Medicaid–can be weaponized against them.
Trump’s public charge regulation puts money above family, forcing underpaid immigrants to choose between the things they need–healthy food on the table, affordable and safe housing, health care–and the people they love.
The "public charge" rule change sends a clear message: The Administration believes immigration should be rigged for the wealthy.
Kansas Appleseed worked with folkx across Kansas and the U.S. with the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign to generate action and collect public comments in opposition to the rule change. Over 266,000 comments were submitted, overwhelmingly in opposition to the public charge rule change.
Despite public outcry, The Trump Administration's final “public charge” regulation, which will go into effect on October 15, 2019, is an intentional, anti-poor attack on immigrants of color and their families.
- Kansas Action for Children discusses public charge and potential implications for Kansas families.
- Protecting Immigrant Families is continuing to compile resources, many of which are in multiple languages, about public charge. Visit their Community Resources page and/or Research and Analysis page for more info.
- Consult with immigration experts and attorneys about individual cases. Find local help via the National Immigration Legal Services Directory.
- Check out the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s core messages regarding public charge.