Public charge proposal [call to action]


Join ACSA in filing a comment to oppose a federal rule change that will diminish immigrant families and children’s access to adequate nutrition, reliable health care, and stable housing. The deadline is December 10, 2018. 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed changes to rules defining “’public charge.” Public charge is a federal rule that is used to assess whether or not immigrants who legally enter the country are likely to become primarily dependent on the government. The proposal would broaden the definition to include the use of programs that families rely upon to meet basic needs, including Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, and Section 8 housing assistance.

The proposed rule change will result in a “chilling effect” in which families will forgo food, health, and housing benefits out of fear that receiving them will jeopardize their legal immigration status. 

Click here for more information on public charge.

Steps to file a comment:

  1. Download the letter and make minor adjustments to personalize it

  2. Click here to be taken to federal regulations website

  3. Upload document or copy and paste into the comment field 

  4. Follow instructions on the website to submit 

If you have any questions please contact Adonai Mack ( or Iván Carrillo (

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