We Need Clear, Fact-Based Guidance to Recover from Trump’s Public Charge Rule

Published on Jun 21, 2021 in CalFresh, Immigrants, WIC

We all do better when everyone has the resources they need not only to survive but to thrive.

This spring, a long-sought, hard-fought change in immigration policy became a reality: The Trump-era public charge rule was permanently blocked nationwide. This means immigrants seeking lawful permanent residency in the United States can access services for which they’re eligible, without affecting their immigration status. While we celebrate this win—for inclusion, for fairness and for our shared humanity—we must do more.

Years of xenophobic rhetoric and anti-immigrant policies have fostered deeply entrenched fears and widespread misinformation that keep immigrants from accessing critical resources. We need a proactive, collaborative approach to begin healing the harm caused by the Trump administration’s public charge rule. From community organizations to state agencies, we must provide clear guidance to families and tackle fear with facts.

Read more in this op-ed from our team and our partners at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


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