How the Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Impacts Children & Families

October 15, 2018

Children of immigrants are the fastest-growing group of American children. Approximately 1 in 4 children (18 million) live in a family with at least one immigrant parent.

Immigrant households in the United States already face unique structural and cultural barriers to economic security, including barriers that prevent them from accessing critical assistance. As a result, children in immigrant families are more likely to be living in low-income households than children in U.S.-born families.

In October 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security released a rule for public comment that would make changes to our nation’s current bipartisan immigration policy. According to the First Focus fact sheet, the proposed rule would allow government officials to consider the use of an applicant’s broad range of services such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and housing assistance when determining eligibility for green cards and/or lawful admission to the U.S.

The First Focus fact sheet looks at what this means for families and children, and finds that if enacted, it would have negative consequences on every aspect of wellbeing for children in households affected by the rule. “In the coming decades, there will be far fewer workers to support our economy and replace those who are retiring. Everyone–regardless of socioeconomic status–benefits from strategies that support healthy development of our nation’s children. When all children succeed, all of us benefit.”

Learn More

· Read the Fact Sheet:

· Take Action: Comments in response to the rule can be submitted until Monday, December 10, 2018. You can submit your comments safely through Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign.