Analysis & Research

Update (10/11/19): A Judge in New York has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction which stops the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge” regulation from going into effect. This is a victory for immigrant families. The legal fight will continue, but for now, the rules in the United States have not changed. We will be updating this website in the coming days to reflect this.

Public Charge

Public Charge Fact Sheet (PIF) August 14, 2019*
SUMMARY: President’s Proclamation Requiring Immigrants to Have Health Insurance (NILC) October 8, 2019*
Public Charge Finalization Webinar Slides (PIF) August 14, 2019*
Analysis and FAQs on the Final DHS Public Charge Regulation (PIF) September 2019*
Public Charge: A Threat to Children’s Health and Well-Being (CLASP) August 16, 2019*
Public Charge & Deportation FAQ for Advocates and Community Members (PIF)
Key Provisions of Public Charge Policy Changes Compared (NILC)
DOCUMENTING THE HARM: Trump’s Public Charge Proposal is Hurting Immigrant Families NOW (PIF)
National Fact Sheet: Who will be harmed by the public charge rule? (PIF)
State Level Fact Sheets: The potential impact of the rule for select states (PIF)
Who Does the “Public Charge” Test Apply to? (PIF) September 19, 2019*
Public Charge Litigation Tracker (CBPP & MLRI) NEW*

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.

Analysis of the U.S. State Department’s Changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual (PIF)
FAQ: Understanding the President’s Memorandum on Enforcing the Responsibilities of Sponsors (NILC)
Analysis of the Reference to Public Benefits in USCIS’s Notice to Appear Memo (NILC)
Analysis of Department of Homeland Security’s Sensitive Locations Policies (PIF)
Proposed Changes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (NHLP & NLIHC)
Proposed Changes from the Social Security Administration (PIF)
Proposed Changes to the Fee Waiver – Comments from NILC, CLASP, and ILRC


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. 

Research Estimating Impact of Proposed  Public Charge Rule: What Study to Use? This document is a running summary of demographic and economic research estimating the impact of the proposed public charge rule. The document includes information on each research product’s key findings and data sources and suggests best uses for each product while describing the limitations of each research product.

2019 Key Research

2018 Key Research

For additional research related to changes to public charge policy or immigrants access to health care, nutrition, housing and other public programs, click here (updated April 2019).

Comments in Opposition to Public Charge

Take a moment to review a few of the 260,000+ comments submitted by organizations, foundations, policymakers, and state agencies in opposition to public charge. Please feel free to use our Public Charge Sector Opposition Fact Sheets resources in your advocacy.

Public Charge Sector Opposition Fact Sheets 
Members of Congress Oppose Public Charge
State Policymakers Oppose Public Charge
Mayors Oppose Public Charge
Food Banks and Anti-Hunger Organizations Oppose Public Charge
Community Health Centers Oppose Public Charge
Housing Organizations Oppose Public Charge
America’s Leading Health Plans Oppose Public Charge
Education Groups Oppose Public Charge
Public Health Groups Oppose Public Charge