Public Charge


Grassroots Explainer and detailed Infosheet

Template Comments Regarding Public Charge and Disability for State and Local Grassroots Organizations

“Public Charge”

On Oct. 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security published a “public charge” rule.  The proposed rule will be devastating to people with disabilities and their families who are seeking to enter the U.S. or applying for a green card. The rule expressly discriminates against people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. This rule would also mean that an individual could be denied admission or have their application for lawful permanent residency denied because they used (or even applied for) a wide range of government programs, including Medicaid, housing assistance, or food assistance. Because Medicaid provides critical services that help people with disabilities live in the community and that are not generally available through private insurance, this rule would especially harm people with disabilities and their families. It not only could prevent them from entering the US or becoming permanent residents, but would discourage eligible families from using critical public services for fear of harming their immigration status.  Now that the rule is officially open for public comment (from Oct. 10th – Dec. 10th), we strongly encourage you to submit comments on how this rule will hurt the disability community. Read more about How the Proposed Rule Will Hurt People with Disabilities. You can also visit Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future for more information and to comment.

How to Comment
Data Resources for Comments

What’s Happening

The “public charge” rule was published in the federal register and is open for public comment.  It is critical for you to comment opposing this policy!  The government needs to hear from people with disabilities and their families!

What You Can Do Now

  • Make your voice heard!  You can submit your comments here
  • Join in a week of action with Protecting Immigrant Families to oppose the rule. Join the Tweetstorm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 2pm EST to #ProtectFamilies and help get the word out.
  • Join the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign 

Public Charge Websites & Webpages 

Stop Trump’s Cruel Attack on Immigrant Families – Protecting Immigrant Families

Public Charge and Immigrant Seniors – Justice in Aging

Comments Submitted

CPR Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

NHeLP Comments on the Public Charge Rule

National Disability Rights Network Comments on the Public Charge Rule

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Comments on the Public Charge Rule

Access Living Comments on Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule


How the Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Hurt People with Disabilities, CPR, The Arc, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Grassroots Explainer: Impact of the Public Charge Rule Change on People with Disabilities, The Arc, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, CPR

Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Policies for Immigrants: Implications for Health Coverage, Kaiser Family Foundation

Template Comments for Organizations Focused on Health Issues, National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

Access Living Comments on Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule

Trump’s Public Charge: Poor, Disabled Immigrants Need Not Apply, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Proposed Changes to Public Charge: Quick Analysis, Fact Sheet from Protecting Immigrant Families

Resources List from Protecting Immigrant Families

Public Comment Mini Toolkit, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

The Health Impact of the Proposed Public Charge Rules, Health Affairs (9/29/18)

DHS’ Proposed Rule: What May Change With Public Charge?, NHeLP (9/27/18)

Trump Targets Health of Immigrant Families In Seeking Change of Longstanding Immigration Law, NHeLP (9/24/18)

Public Charge: A Threat to the Health & Well-being of Older Adults in Immigrant Families Justice in Aging Fact Sheet (9/14/18)

Public Charge Fact Sheet, CLASP (9/22/16)

Public Charge Policy Update, AUCD

The Hunger Impact of the Proposed Public Charge Rule, Food Research & Action Center

Estimated Impacts of the Proposed Public Charge Rule on Immigrants and Medicaid, Kaiser Family Foundation (10/11/18)

Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule is an Assault on the American Dream and Our Nation’s Values, Families USA 

A New Threat to Immigrants’ Health – The Public Charge Rule, New England Journal of Medicine (8/1/18)

Opposition Statements

Center for Public Representation

National Council on Independent Living

The Arc

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Center for American Progress

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Coalition on Human Needs

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