Help our communities understand new public charge rule

Written by: Sarah Barnes
Date Posted: February 7, 2020

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court removed a block on a Trump administration effort that will force families to choose between food and being together. The new public charge rule, which had been temporarily blocked by federal judges, will take effect on Feb. 24, even while several court challenges to it move through the courts.

The changes to the public charge rule redefine who could be considered a “public charge” and limit immigration to those who pass a revised and expanded public charge test. The changes have the potential to impact 323,000 Coloradans, of whom 143,000 are children.

The public charge rule changes will harm people’s chances of becoming permanent legal residents of the United States. But there are important limitations to the rules that communities should know. Click here to access key facts on the application of the new public charge rule from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. In addition, information and resources on the new rule are available from the Center for Health Progress and Hunger Free Colorado.

Sarah Barnes

About Sarah Barnes

Sarah serves as the Manager of Special Policy Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she works across the organization and with external stakeholders to develop and oversee the implementation of the Campaign’s engagement on strategic policy priorities Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah taught middle school English and worked as an Interventionist at Pioneer Charter School in Denver. She was a 2011 Teach For America corps member.