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Briefing on Federal “Public Charge” Rules

December 4, 2018

Time:9:30 am - 11:00 pm

Please join the New York Immigration Coalition, our members, and co-sponsors Early Childhood Partners NYC, Hudson Guild, and the New York City Youth Funders for a briefing on the the proposed “public charge” rule changes.

Email Rovika Rajkishun at to RSVP

Of all the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies- its threats to change “public charge” rules may have the most widespread and damaging impact for young children, youth, and families. For decades, public charge, which the U.S. government uses to deny entry or permanent residency to immigrants who are likely to be primarily dependent on public assistance, has only applied to immigrants using cash assistance programs (TANF, SSI), or long-term care. Health coverage like Medicaid and programs addressing social determinants of health like food (SNAP) and housing (Section 8) security have not historically been included in public charge. This Administration now aims to add all of these programs to a new public charge test that would punish hundreds of thousands of immigrants for using these benefits by denying them green cards.

The administration’s proposed change is not final, but its effect is already real. NYIC member organizations report that community members are approaching them to de-enroll from programs. WIC centers have already report decreased enrollment, driven by fear of using public benefits – even though programs like WIC are not part of the proposed change. The administration is using the tactic to block immigrants’ access to health care, food, and shelter, while providing itself with a tool to severely restrict the legal immigration system.

At this briefing we will discuss: the proposed rule changes; the public comment period; hear from member organizations what they are seeing on the ground; and plans to respond.

Email Rovika Rajkishun at to RSVP


December 4, 2018
9:30 am - 11:00 pm


New York Immigration Coalition


Hudson Guild
441 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001 United States
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