Protecting Families: HF Hosts Form on Public Charge Rule
On October 10, the Trump administration published its long-awaited proposal in the federal register to change the "public charge" requirements. U.S. immigration policy has long allowed government officials to deny permanent residency to - or possibly deport - immigrants who they believe will become dependent on the state - or a "public charge."
Earlier this week, we hosted a forum on the proposed rule change at our headquarters in New York City. We were joined by leaders and experts in the field, including, FPWA, Chinese-American Planning Council, and Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. The forum was followed by a public comment workshop to discuss proposed changes to the public charge regulation, how this impacts our communities, and how to fight back against this harmful policy change.
While current policy only takes into account whether immigrants are using cash benefits like TANF or government-funded medical institutionalized care, the Trump administration proposal would broaden the definition of “public charge” to include applicants who use or may need to use public programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part D, SNAP, and housing assistance. The administration is also considering whether to add the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the list of programs that may affect an immigrant’s future immigration status.
Below are some photos from the event.