Supreme Court greenlights public charge rule

Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: January 31, 2020

This 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 public charge rule, which had been temporarily blocked by federal judges, will take effect even while several court challenges to it move through the courts. The rule will penalize legal immigrant families for accessing the public supports that they are eligible for that support access to housing, food and other services now by making it harder to apply for permanent residency later. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced the Final Rule will only be applicable to petitions and applications submitted on or after February 24, 2020.

We continue to oppose this dangerous rule and recognize that it’s important for communities to be aware of what activities are, and aren’t, a risk for immigrant families. Here are helpful explanations of how the public charge rule will impact people based on their immigration status.

Beza Taddess

About Beza Taddess

Beza Taddess is the Communications and Policy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Beza supports the organization’s communications and outreach efforts and is here at the Children’s Campaign as part of the Public Interest Fellowship Program. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2015 with a degree in sociology.