Oppose the Trump administration's public charge rule!

The Trump administration is proposing major changes to the “public charge” policy, a key provision of immigration law which determines if certain individuals seeking legal permanent residence (a green card) or various types of visas is likely to become primarily dependent on public benefits. Under current law, the federal government can deny an individual’s green card status or admission to the U.S. if it is determined that the individual would be reliant on cash-assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income, or government-funded institutional long-term care as their primary source of support. On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security issued a proposed rule that would drastically broaden the definition of public charge to include consideration of an individual’s use of health and nutrition programs including:

  • Non-emergency Medicaid;
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps);
  • Housing assistance such as Section 8 housing vouchers; and
  • Low income subsidy for prescription drug costs under Medicare Part D. 

 

Broadening the scope of the public charge test to include this wide range of public assistance programs would deny millions access to basic services that are the bedrock of the public health infrastructure. By DHS’ own estimate, disenrollment in public benefits programs by immigrants otherwise eligible for these programs could lead to worse health outcomes, increased prevalence of communicable diseases and greater food insecurity. If finalized, this rule is likely to result in millions withdrawing from public benefits programs, including those who are not subject to the public charge test.

Public health advocates have until December 10 to submit a comment opposing the public charge rule. Use the following message as a template to explain how the proposed changes to the public charge test will jeopardize the public’s health in your community. Urge the administration to withdraw this rule. 

The Trump administration is proposing major changes to the “public charge” policy, a key provision of immigration law which determines if certain individuals seeking legal permanent residence (a green card) or various types of visas is likely to become primarily dependent on public benefits. Under current law, the federal government can deny an individual’s green card status or admission to the U.S. if it is determined that the individual would be reliant on cash-assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income, or government-funded institutional long-term care as their primary source of support. On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security issued a proposed rule that would drastically broaden the definition of public charge to include consideration of an individual’s use of health and nutrition programs including:

·         Non-emergency Medicaid;

·         Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps);

·         Housing assistance such as Section 8 housing vouchers; and

Recipients

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

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Message

The administration's public charge rule lays the foundation for a public health crisis (USCIS-2010-0012-0001)

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a public health advocate, I write to strongly oppose the Department of Homeland Security's proposed rule, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds."





This proposed rule threatens to limit access to critical health services for millions of people and sets the stage for a public health crisis. I encourage the department to immediately withdraw this draconian rule.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on this topic.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]