On January 27, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the last nationwide injunction that prevented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule from taking effect. This means that the public charge rule can go into effect nationwide (except in Illinois where a statewide injunction remains in place). Note, this week’s ruling was only in regards to the injunction – it was not a ruling on the merits of the case over the lawfulness of the new public charge rule, those lawsuits are still underway. This just means the rule can take effect while the lawsuits are in progress. On January 30, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security announced a February 24 effective date and clarified that the agency will only apply the new rule to applications and petitions submitted on or after February 24, 2020 and will not consider benefits applied for, used or received before Monday, February 24, 2020. Click HERE to read the full announcement from USCIS.
CCALAC encourages membership to join CPCA’s Public Charge webinar for non-legal service providers on Wednesday, March 11 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT. This webinar is designed for folks conducting outreach and providing information to immigrants in a non-legal capacity. Register HERE.
CCALAC will continue to monitor this closely and will keep members apprised of new information regarding implementation of the public charge rule.
Please email Lily Dorn at email@example.com with any questions or concerns around Public Charge.
CCALAC will add provider trainings and modules are are update in the coming weeks.
Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Resources – Updated February 14, 2020
- Let’s Talk About Public Charge – Resource to help immigrants, mixed-status families, and communities understand the core elements of public charge. Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic.
- Know Your Rights: Public Charge Messages for Community Members – Resource provides messages and facts on Public Charge.
- Public Charge: Does This Apply to Me? (English) – Resource provides examples of different hypothetical individuals/situations and analysis of how the new rule would impact them. Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic.
- Five Things Immigrants Need to Know About Public Charge Video in English and Spanish.
Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Specialized Resources for Advocates and Service Providers
Screening Tool – Updated January 27, 2020
PIF California and partner organizations created a helpful screening tool to share with immigrant communities. The tool was developed by benefits experts and immigration lawyers to help communities understand if there is a public charge test for their immigration plans or status.
- Go to KeepyourbenefitsCA.org (English)
- Go to TusBeneficiosPublicos.org (Spanish)
- 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
Click HERE to access all PIF specialized resources for advocates and service providers.
Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Resources – Updated October 24, 2019
- You Have Rights: Protect Your Health – Resource to help families know more about their rights when it comes to going to the doctor or enrolling in health insurance.
- Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled (English) – Anharic | Arabic | Burmese | Chinese | French | Haitian Creole | Hindi | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese
- Public Charge: Does it Apply to Me? (English) – Anharic | Arabic | Burmese | Chinese | French | Haitian Creole | Hindi | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese
- 5 Facts on Public Charge – Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Information for green card holders, undocumented immigrants and people applying to sponsor a family member.
Click HERE to access all PIF Resources.
Resources from Neighborhood Legal Services – Los Angeles
- Public Charge Facts
- Let’s Talk About Public Charge (English) – Also in Spanish
- Slides: Does using public benefits make me a Public Charge? (from Sept. 6 enroller training)
- Public Charge Hotline (for information or a referral. Free & Confidential): 1-800-433-6251 (LA County)
CA Health & Human Services (Departments of Healthcare Services, Social Services & Public Health and Covered California)
- CHHS Public Charge Guide (English) – (Updated October 23, 2019) Other languages coming soon – check same link!
My Health LA Public Charge Flyers
- CA Dept. of Social Services – Public Charge Contact List
- LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs – Legal Resources
- Ready California Legal Services Directory
Resources from Coalitions & Organizations
- Protecting Immigrant Families Resources
- ILRC Public Charge Outreach Toolkit
- California-Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition Resources
- LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs, Public Charge Resources
- NILC Resources on Public Charge
- CPCA Public Charge Resources
The LIBRE Project – See If Public Charge Affects You
- Public Charge Screening Tool (This is not legal advice. CCALAC did not create and is not responsible for this resource or the information provided). – Website under construction as of January 27, 2020. Check same link soon!