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.
- Public Charge Update: What Advocates Need to Know Fact Sheet (PIF) Updated September 22, 2020*
- The Trump Administration’s Invisible Wall Summary (PIF) Updated September 23, 2020*
Immigrant Access to Public Programs During COVID-19
Many public programs are available to assist individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Quick reference guide on immigrant eligibility for federal public programs during the COVID-19 public health crisis (PIF)
- FAQ: COVID-19 Relief Legislation and Immigrants (PIF)
- State and Local Advocacy for an Immigrant-Inclusive Response to the COVID-19 Crisis (NILC)
- Five Ways to Help Ensure Pandemic-EBT Reaches Immigrant Families (CLASP)
- Update on Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families (NILC)
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.
- Public Charge Update: What Advocates Need to Know Fact Sheet (PIF) Updated August 14, 2020*
- Changes to Public Charge: Analysis and Frequently Asked Questions (PIF) Updated March 13, 2020*
- Public Charge Litigation Tracker (CBPP & MLRI)
- Department of Justice’s Public Charge and Deportation Policy FAQ (PIF)
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 Trump Administration’s Invisible Wall Summary (PIF) Updated August 3, 2020*
- President’s Proclamation Requiring Immigrants to Have Health Insurance Summary (NILC)
- Understanding the President’s Memorandum on Enforcing the Responsibilities of Sponsors FAQ (NILC)
- Reference to Public Benefits in USCIS’s Notice to Appear Memo (NILC)
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.
- Documenting the Harm of Trump’s Public Charge Policies Fact Sheet (PIF)
- Summary of Research at the Intersection of Public Charge and Health (PIF) Updated June 2020*
- National and Select State Fact Sheets on How Effective COVID Relief Depends on the Inclusion of Immigrants (PIF) June 2020*
Please visit the Special Resources Page for links to key research on public charge and related policies.