The Department of Homeland Security recently proposed new federal changes to the “public charge” regulation that would have devastating impacts on children and families. Public charge is designed to identify immigrants who may depend on the government as their main source of support. If a person is likely to become a public charge, the government can deny admission to the U.S. or lawful permanent residence (“green card”) status.
Illinois is home to 742,000 children with at least one immigrant parent. There is serious concern that changes to the public charge will have detrimental impacts to the overall health, safety and well-being of our youngest and their families.
We urge everyone—organizations, providers, parents and concerned citizens– to submit a public comment in opposition to the proposed regulation! If you do not want to include any personal information, a friend or representative may submit a comment for you. Read the FAQ for more information.
To learn more about the harmful proposed changes to the rule, visit the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, join the Protecting Immigrant Families-Illinois coalition, or read the factsheets in English or Spanish.
Please note, the rule will NOT be retroactive meaning that benefits—other than cash assistance or long-term care at government expense—used before the rule is final and effective will not be considered.
As a member of the Protecting Immigrant Families-Illinois coalition steering committee, the Ounce of Prevention Fund joins over 1,500 organizations across the nation on a sign-on statement opposing the proposed federal changes to the public charge regulation.
As always, thank you for your continued support and advocacy on behalf of children and families.