Victory! On October 11, 2019, two federal judges in New York and Washington blocked the Trump Administration’s public charge rule from taking effect. Judge Daniels of New York stated the rule “is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility.”

This means that social service programs used even after October 15, 2019 will NOT be counted against the individual. Families should continue using the vital services they need to keep their families healthy and safe.

While this is a victory, the fight is far from over. Stay tuned for more information and take action!


Updated 8/14/2019

On August 14, 2019, the Trump Administration published its version of the “public charge” rule that would make it much harder for working class immigrants to receive a green card. This rule would result in families having to choose between their children's well-being or a future in America. This inhumane and cruel rule is an attack on working families and black and brown immigrants-- essentially saying: if you’re not of European ancestry and wealthy, you’re not welcome here.

The “public charge” rule is set to go into effect on October 15, 2019. Know that our community is fighting back in the courts, in Congress and in the streets to stop this rule from going into effect. So stay tuned!

Text PROTECT FAMILIES to 802495 to receive updates on the “public charge” rule.

What is “public charge”?
The “public charge” rule is a century old rule with a discriminatory history. Watch Rep. Lee explain the rule’s history here. The old rule would deny a person entry to the U.S. or from receiving a green card if they were deemed to need cash assistance. Trump’s expanded rule would keep immigrants from getting a green card if they receive public services, like healthcare, nutrition or housing-- that they are entitled to use. This rule is an attack on working families and their right to vital services.

10 Things you should know about the cruel “public charge” rule to protect yourself and your family:

  1. The rule is not yet in effect. It is set to take effect on October 15, 2019.
  2. We’re fighting back and we still have a chance to stop the rule. Immigrant rights organizations are suing the administration to block the rule from taking effect. Stay tuned!
  3. Public benefits received before October 15, 2019 will not be considered.
  4. Benefits used by family members will NOT be counted against the person applying.
  5. Keep your family safe and healthy. If you are unsure about whether you should continue to use public services, speak with a reputable legal services provider. Visit iAmerica.org/legalhelp
  6. The rule does not apply to everyone. The “public charge” rule does NOT apply to:
    • green card holders applying for citizenship
    • refugees and asylees
    • VAWA self-petitioners
    • Survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, or other serious crimes (U or T visa applicants/holders)
    • Certain parolees and several other categories of non-citizens
  7. The old “public charge” rule applied to people who were deemed to need cash assistance. The new, expanded rule would apply to people who use public benefits like healthcare, nutrition or housing assistance to keep their families healthy and thriving.
  8. Get legal help. Find a trusted legal attorney near you to discuss whether or not the rule applies to you. Every person’s situation is different. Visit iAmerica.org/legalhelp
  9. Know your rights! Visit protectingimmigrantfamilies.org.
  10. Join the fight to protect families. See ways to take action now.

Last year, iAmericans and coalition partners submitted over 100,000 comments opposing this rule. Together, we helped to delay this rule from publishing and we can do it again. Take action today to stop this cruel rule from going into effect.