Grassroots Explainer and detailed Infosheet
Template Comments Regarding Public Charge and Disability for State and Local Grassroots Organizations
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.
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
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
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
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)
Public Charge Fact Sheet, CLASP (9/22/16)
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)
A New Threat to Immigrants’ Health – The Public Charge Rule, New England Journal of Medicine (8/1/18)