New report highlights the far-reaching harm of the new public charge rule

Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: March 13, 2020

A new report from the National Immigration Law Center documents the harmful impact of the Trump administration’s new public charge rule on immigrant communities, long before the new rule took effect. Based on interviews with providers across the country, the report finds that families have been foregoing health care or going hungry due to fear that they will be separated from family members since the rule was proposed over a year ago.

According to the report, families not subject to the public charge rule are declining to access services for which they are eligible, such as SNAP and Medicaid. The report also finds that families are foregoing services that are not included in the new public charge rule, including health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, school lunches, and WIC.

Service providers interviewed in the report share that the new rule makes their jobs more difficult. They often must overcome misinformation from social media and other sources, and even when they are able to provide families with accurate information about the new rule and its impact, families sometimes feel forced to forego services out of fear about jeopardizing their immigration status.

This new report highlights that the harmful impacts of the Trump administration’s public charge rule are significant and far-reaching for our immigrant communities. We have been speaking out against the changes to the public charge rule since they were proposed in 2018. The new rule has now taken effect for lawful permanent resident applications filed on or after February 24, 2020, but there are important limitations to the rule that communities should know. You can find links to resources to help communities understand the impact and application of the new rule here.

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

About Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. Early on while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University, she worked in health care as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity.