Campaign Resources

On 9/22, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a press release and the text of the public charge rule. On 10/10, the rule was officially published in the Federal Register. We are currently working to update our materials. The documents below may not reflect the most up-to-date information about the rule. To stay in the loop on what’s happening, please join our campaign email list.

If you have specific questions regarding the public charge rule, please submit your questions here:

These are the latest documents developed by NILC and CLASP for the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign.

Overview of the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign and Active Member Organizations (October 10, 2018)

2-page fact sheet on Public Charge (October 2018)

Organizational Sign-on Statement in Opposition to the Proposed Regulation (October 10, 2018)

Our analysis of the proposed changes to Public Charge (October 10, 2018)

Public Charge Comment FAQ document (October 10, 2018)

How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families (September 25, 2018)

Frequently asked questions on Public Charge for Immigrant Families (September 24, 2018)

Public Charge storyboard document (October 3, 2018). Provides hypothetical scenarios where the public charge test may apply, if the proposed regulation change is finalized.

View the slides from our 10/3/18 Public Charge 101 Webinar (and join us for the next webinar—details below)

Fact Sheets


These are research findings on the impact of the public charge rule across sectors and states.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
One-Third of U.S.-Born Citizens Would Struggle to Meet Standard of Extreme Trump Rule for Immigrants
(September 27, 2018)

Kaiser Family Foundation
Proposed Changes to Public Charge: Implications for Health Coverage
(September 24, 2018)

International Journal of Health Services
Medical Expenditures on and by Immigrant Populations in the United States: A Systematic Review
(August 8, 2018)

Kaiser Health News
Immigrants’ Health Premiums Far Exceed What Plans Pay For Their Care
(October 1, 2018)

Migration Policy Institute
Chilling Effects: The Expected Public Charge Rule and Its Impact on Legal Immigrant Families’ Public Benefits Use
(June 2018)

Kaiser Family Foundation
Nearly 20 Million Children Live in Immigrant Families that Could Be Affected by Evolving Immigration Policies
(April 18, 2018)

Partner Resources

These are documents, videos, and other resources developed and available for use by campaign members.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
Public charge toolkit (October 2018)

United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN)
Proposed Immigration Policy Changes, Learn & Take Action, in English and Spanish (October 10, 2018)

National Consumer Law Center
The Wrong Tool for the Wrong Purpose:  Why the Credit Scoring Provision in the Immigration Public Charge Proposal Is Illogical and Ill-Advised (October 2018)

Families USA
The Public Charge Rule: What it Means and What You Can Do to Stop It (October 10, 2018)

North East Medical Services
Public Charge Comment Form in Multiple API Languages (October 9, 2018)   

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Advisory: How Will ‘Public Charge’ Proposed Policy Changes Impact Immigrant Survivors of Crime? (October 2018)

Justice in Aging
Public Charge: A Threat to the Health & Well-being Of Older Adults in Immigrant Families (October 17, 2018)

Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Comment Guidance for Community Members (October 2018)

National Housing Law Project & National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Trump Administration’s Proposed “Public Charge” Rule: What Housing and Homelessness Advocates Should Know (October 2, 2018)

National WIC Association
Public Charge and Immigrant Participation in WIC: FAQs and Talking Points (October 1, 2018)

Food Resource Action Center (FRAC)
Hunger Consequences of The Public Charge Rule (September 26, 2018)

National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Public Charge Issue Brief (September 27, 2018)

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Public Charge Rule: A Threat to Women of Color – also available in Spanish (September 26, 2018)

Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule is an Assault on the American Dream and Our Nation’s Values
(September 2018)
Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule Is a Backdoor Attempt to Cut Legal Immigration (September 24, 2018)

Catholic Immigration Network Inc. 
DHS Proposes Vast Changes to Public Charge Definition (September 23, 2018)

Community Education Resources

Developed by partner organizations, these documents are designed to educate and inform a broad cross-section of communities about the public charge rule.

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the Libre Project
Will Using Benefits Hurt My Chances of Getting a Green Card or Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

Public Charge Community Fact Sheet

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Reglamento Propuesto, Expansión De La Definición Carga Pública: Una Amenaza Para Las Mujeres De Color

New York Immigration Coalition
Información Importante Acerca De Beneficios Públicos!

New York Immigration Coalition
關於公共福利的重要訊息! 您或許聽說了,政府有計畫修改與”公共負擔”相關的法規。 截至2018年八月,相關法規尚未變更。



New York Immigration Coalition
Importante Information À Propos Des Prestations (Ou Avantages) Publiques!

सार्वजनिक चार्ज समुदाय तथ्य पत्रक


생활보호 대상자 현황 보고서

ورقة وقائع للمجتمع عن النفقات العامة

State-Specific Materials

These are documents developed by our state-based partners to highlight the impact of the public charge rule in their individual states.

* Indicates a document that has not been updated since the latest version of the public charge rule was released on 9/22/18.

Justice in Aging (California)
Public Charge: A Threat to the Health & Well-being of California’s Older Adults in Immigrant Families

Michigan League for Public Policy
Proposed Public Charge Rule: Impact on Michigan Kids and Families

Health Affairs
Immigrants, US Values, and the Golden State*

Colorado Center on Law & Policy
Colorado Public Charge Fact Sheet*

North Carolina Justice Center
North Carolina Public Charge Fact Sheet*

Florida Health Justice Project
Public Charge Story Collection Flyer for Advocates*

Oregon Immigration Resource
Frequently Asked Questions: Public Charge

One America, Children’s Alliance, and NoLHA
Talking Points for WA Service Providers on Proposed Public Charge Changes*

Protecting Immigrant Families Michigan
Proposed Rule for “Public Charge” Endangers Michigan Immigrant Families’ Well-Being*

California Food Banks
Public Charge Comment Card and Comment Submission Instructions

New York Immigration Coalition’s “public charge” community information guide available in six languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Chinese, French

Campaign Events

October 24 at 2:00 PM EST (11:00 AM PST)
The National Skills Coalition and National Immigration Law Center will be co-hosting a webinar on the adult education/workforce implications of public charge. Click here to register.

October 31 at 1:00 PM EST (10:00 AM PST)
On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed regulation on “public charge.” The proposed rule values money instead of family, by putting the wealthy ahead of families who have waited years for their chance to be reunited or stay together. This webinar describes public charge policy today, how it would change under the DHS proposal, and what you need to know if you work with immigrant families. Presenters from NILC and CLASP will also discuss how members of the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign are fighting back. Click here to register.

Additional Comment Sites

The main Protecting Immigrant Families campaign comment portal is available at Many of our partners have set up comment sites as well. Please feel free to use whichever site best aligns with your viewpoint. Together, we are working to lift the voices of those affected by Trump’s cruel “public charge” regulation. Ultimately, comments submitted through these sites are directly delivered to the Department of Homeland Security on

Here are the additional sites we are aware of to date: