Fight Fear With Facts as New Public Charge Rule Takes Effect

Published on Feb 24, 2020 in Federal Advocacy, Immigrants

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins implementation of its new public charge rule. This means persons who apply for a green card or a visa to enter the U.S. on or after February 24th, 2020 will have to meet stricter standards for income, health, and other factors to be granted admission under the new rule. Immigration officials may now consider receipt of certain public programs as a negative factor, including federal CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and housing assistance.


Public charge does not apply to all immigrants.
The rule only applies to a subset of immigrants who are seeking a change in status. Please help empower immigrant communities with accurate information. Public charge resources.

Want a training?

CFPA and CA Protecting Immigrant Families coalition members can train direct service providers and community members. Please send inquires to Gabby Tilley at

Share the screening tool widely! 
The Public Charge Screening Tool was developed by benefits experts and immigration lawyers to help communities understand if public charge applies to them (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese). We encourage direct service providers to use the tool with clients and promote widely.


You can also access by text at 650-376-8006.

  • Text ‘benefits’ for English
  • Text ‘libre’ for Spanish
  • Text ‘福利’ for Chinese
  • Text ‘lợiích’ for Vietnamese



Questions? Contact: Gabby Tilley at 213.254.5123


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