Analysis & Research

NOTE: The Trump Administration’s public charge “wealth test” from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State is being challenged in courts across the country. The top 2 resources have been updated to reflect the current state of play.

Updated Resources

Immigrant Access to Public Programs During COVID-19

Many public programs are available to assist individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Public Charge

The Trump Administration has implemented changes to public charge policy that cause immigrant families to fear accessing health care, nutrition, and housing programs and limits legal immigration for those who are not white and wealthy. Multiple federal agencies are involved in making these policy changes inside and outside the U.S.

Related Policies that Impact Immigrant Families

Public charge is just one of many attacks on low-income families, immigrant families, and communities of color by the Trump Administration. Below are more policies that seek to make life more difficult for low-income immigrant families by restricting their ability to access basic programs that safeguard their health care, nutrition, housing, and economic security.


The PIF Campaign has compiled the latest research, reports, and studies that show how the proposed public charge regulation and related policies would harm immigrant families and workers, public health, and our economy.


Please visit the Special Resources Page for links to key research on public charge and related policies.