Supreme Court greenlights public charge rule

Written by: Tara Manthey
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.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.