Update (1/31/2020): Today the USCIS announced an effective date for the agency's public charge rule. The final rule will only apply to applications and petitions submitting on or after February 24, 2020 (except for in the State of Illinois). DHS will not consider an immigrant's receipt of the newly listed benefits before February 24, 2020 in the public charge determination. You can sign up for timely updates from the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign here.
Update (1/27/2020): Today, the U.S. Supreme Court set aside the preliminary injunction from New York that prevented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule from taking effect nationwide. This was the last of the three district court nationwide injunctions standing, which means that the DHS rule can go into effect nationwide, except in Illinois where it is blocked by a statewide injunction. This means that in California the public charge rule will be allowed to go into effect while the litigation continues. We will know soon when exactly the rule will be implemented. You can sign up for timely updates from the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign here.
- Public Charge Screening Web Tool: KeepyourbenefitsCA.org / tusbeneficiospublicos.org - these will help you determine whether or not you are subject to public charge rules
- Public Charge Screening Text Tool: 650-3768006 - Text "benefits" (English), "libre" (Spanish), “福利” (Chinese), “lợiích” (Vietnamese) - this will help you determine whether or not you are subject to public charge rules
- One California Public Charge Provider List: CDSS contact list - this is a directory of immigration legal services providers that have training in dealing with public charge
- California Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign: Analysis and FAQ Updated January 27th, 2020
Update (10/22/19): Shortly before it was set to take effect on October 15th, five federal districts courts, sitting in California, Washington, Baltimore, Cook County, and New York City issued preliminary injunctions against the Trump Administration’s public charge rule, halting at least for now a rule that was widely expected to reduce access to public benefits for immigrant communities. You can read CAFB's comment submitted in opposition to this proposal here.
Resources & communications tools:
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Factsheet (February 2020)
- CDSS and DHCS joint ACIN about Public Charge (February 24, 2020)
- Navigating Public Charge: Best Practices in Community Based Organizations to Mitigate the Harm for the Immigrant Community (January 2020)
- Public Charge Litigation Tracker (continually updated)
- GetCalFresh.org Q&A on immigration status and CalFresh (continually updated)
- Public Charge Guide by CA Health & Human Services (October 2019)
- Public Charge Udate: What advocates neet to know now (October 2019)
- Should I Keep my Kids Enrolled in Health and Nutrition Programs? (October 2019)
- Public Charge: Getting the help you need (September 2019)
- Public Charge Analysis and FAQ (September 2019)
- Public Benefits Awareness Toolkit
- Who does the "Public Charge Test" apply to? (September 2019)
- Additional resources available at Protect Immigrant Families website
- CAFB commend Governor Newsom as CA pushes back on public charge rule (August 16, 2019)
- Public Charge rule will worsen hunger & poverty in America (August 14, 2019)
- California Food Banks Highlight the Harm of Public Charge over Public Comment Period (Decebember 12, 2018)
- Family or Food? California Food Banks Respond to Public Charge (October 11, 2018)
- Joint Statement on Proposed Public Charge Rule (September, 2018)
Public comment period on the Public Charge Rule is now closed - thanks to all who submitted an official comment, we collectively generated 200,000 comments throughout the country!
- Public Charge Model Tweets
- Public Charge Organizational Comment Template
- Public Charge Digital Postcard
- Public Charge Comment Script and Instruction Sheet
- FRAC Public Charge Comment Toolkit