The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign is dedicated to providing community-facing materials on public charge to better equip immigrants with what they need to know to make the best decision for themselves and for their families.
NOTE: On July 29, 2020 a federal judge in New York granted nationwide preliminary injunctions on the DHS and DOS public charge regulations and a presidential proclamation that would restrict immigration to the United States by people who are uninsured and cannot pay the costs of their health care. Once we receive more information on implementation, we will update all the resources below. In the meantime, the messages in the top 2 resources below accurately reflect the current state of play.
Additionally, please keep in mind that on March 13, 2020 USCIS announced that COVID-19 testing, prevention, or treatment would NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test. This means that immigrant families should seek the care they need during this difficult time.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Public Charge Messages for Community Members
(Top messages to share with immigrant communities on the recent changes to public charge – PIF)
Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs?
(Use this guide to help answer commonly asked questions about how to make good decisions for your family and their health – PIF)
The following resources were updated in February 2020, after implementation of the DHS and DOS public charge rules.
Public Charge: Does this apply to me?
(How public charge will impact you based on your immigration status, and what you should do – PIF)
You Have Rights – Protect Your Health
(An overview for mixed-status families when it comes to going to the doctor or enrolling in health insurance – PIF)
Immigrant Sponsors and Public Benefits
(Frequently asked questions on access to public benefits for immigrants with sponsors – PIF)
Public Benefits Awareness Toolkit
(Social media and digital toolkit to share more resources included above – PIF)