Campaign Resources

Understanding Public Charge

Fact Sheet on Public Charge: English, Spanish, Black-and-White English, Black-and-White Spanish (October 2018)

Analysis and Updated FAQs on the Proposed Public Charge Regulation (October 2018)

Story Board with Scenarios About Individuals Who Would Be Affected if the Proposed Regulation Were Finalized (October 2018)

NEW* How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families (January 2019)

How Changes to Public Charge Threaten Children’s Health and Wellbeing (October 2018)

Who Would Be Harmed by Trump’s “Public Charge” Proposal? (October 2018)

Analysis of the U.S. State Department’s Changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual (effective 1/8/2018)

State Fact Sheets on the potential demographic impact of the proposed public charge rule for select states (November 2018)

Understanding Related Policies

Analysis of the Reference to Public Benefits in USCIS’s Notice to Appear Memo (August 2018)

Analysis of Department of Homeland Security’s Sensitive Locations Policies (June 2018)


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

Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign
Research Estimating Impact of Proposed Public Charge Rule: What Study to Use?
(December 3, 2018)

Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative
How Could the Public Charge Proposed Rule Affect Community Health Centers?
(November 2018)

Center for Migration Studies
Proposed Public Charge Rule Would Significantly Reduce Legal Admissions and Adjustment to Lawful Permanent Resident Status of Working Class Persons
(November 2018)

The Children’s Partnership
Potential Effects of Public Charge Changes on California Children
(November 2018)

Children’s HealthWatch
Lower SNAP Participation by Immigrant Mothers with Young Children
(November 2018)

Migration Policy Institute
Gauging the Impact of DHS’ Proposed Public-Charge Rule on U.S. Immigration
(November 16, 2018)

Manatt Health
Medicaid Payments at Risk for Hospitals Under the Public Charge Proposed Rule
(November 16, 2018)

Department of Sociology, Lehman College
Forgoing Food Assistance Out of Fear: Simulating the Child Poverty Impact of a Making SNAP a Legal Liability for Immigrants
(November 15, 2018)

George Washington University
The Economic Mobility of Immigrants: Public Charge Rules Could Foreclose Future Opportunities
(November 15, 2018)

New American Economy
Economic Impact of Proposed Rule Change: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
(October 31, 2018)

California Health Care Foundation
Changing Public Charge Immigration Rules: The Potential Impact on Children Who Need Care
(October 23, 2018)

Fiscal Policy Institute
“Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply”: How a Trump Rule’s Chilling Effect Will Harm the U.S.

“Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply”: How a Trump Rule’s Chilling Effect Will Harm New York
(October 10, 2018)

Economic impact and job loss data by state (October 2018)

Manatt Health
Public Charge Proposed Rule: Potentially Chilled Population Data Dashboard
(October 11, 2018)

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
Estimated Impacts of the Proposed Public Charge Rule on Immigrants and Medicaid
(October 11, 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.

New York Immigration Coalition
Counseling Clients on Public Charge and Public Benefits (December 2018)

Center for American Progress
Flash Card Set on the Public Charge Rule (November 2018)

First Focus
Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children (October 2018)

UndocuBlack Network
The Public Charge Proposal Will Harm Black Communities (December 2018)

Center for Public Representation and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, The Arc of the United States
Impact of the public charge rule on people with disabilities: a grassroots explainer and a more detailed info sheet (October 2018)

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

Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education & President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Why the Public Charge Threat Matters to Higher Education

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)

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)

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)

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 (November 1, 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)

UndocuBlack Network 
Fact Sheet: Proposed Public Charge Rule Change is a Black Issue and We Must Fight Back (November 2018)

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Impact of Proposed Public Charge Regulation on Citizens of Freely Associated States Under Compacts of Free Association (November 2018)

Center for American Progress
The Proposed Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule is an Attack on Disabled, Working-Class Immigrants (November 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.


The Legal Aid Society, Empire Justice Center, Make the Road New York
NEW* Screening Tool and Attorney Referral Information for Community-Based, Social Services, and Advocacy Organizations

The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign
PIF Community Education Toolkit (December 2018)

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

National WIC Association
FAQs for WIC participants and clinic staff

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

Preguntas frecuentes sobre las reglas de “carga pública”

National WIC Association
Carga Pública y Particpación De Los Inmigrantes En El Programa Para Mujeres, Bebés y Niños (WIC): Preguntas Frecuentes

New York Immigration Coalition
Información Importante Acerca De Beneficios Públicos!

Luchemos por Nuestros Beneficidios Públicos!

Make The Road New York
Public Charge Toolkit


National WIC Association
公共负担与移民参与 WIC: 常见问题

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!

Luttons Pour Nos Bénéfices 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.

Community Legal Services
Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Harm Pennsylvania

Protecting Immigrant Families Michigan
Public Charge Community FAQ in English and Spanish

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

Oregon Immigration Resource
Know the Facts About Public Charge – also available in SpanishSomali, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, or Arabic

Oregon Immigration Resource
Frequently Asked Questions: Public Charge

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

Guidance on public charge from state and local agencies:

Campaign Events

2019 Tax Issues for Immigrant Filers: From ITINs to the Child Tax Credit
Wednesday, February 27th at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)

With tax season in full swing, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and UnidosUS invite tax practitioners, community-based organizations, constituent services staff, and low-income tax payer clinics to join us on a webinar that will provide an overview of the current tax environment and how provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs bill that take effect this filing season, such as the new Social Security Number (SSN) requirement for children to be claimed for the Child Tax Credit, might impact immigrant families. The webinar will also provide updates on concerns about confidentiality of personal tax information for immigrants, (Individual Tax Payer Identification Number) ITIN renewals, and other issues facing immigrant tax filers.

To REGISTER, please visit: