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PUBLIC CHARGE UPDATE: As of September 9, 2019

There are currently 6 complaints filed challenging the public charge rule around the country, and a few more may be filed. Additionally, many allies have joined  support of these efforts. Litigators in all three cases filed in the Northern District of California have asked the court to block DHS’s public charge rule from taking effect before the rule’s October 15 effective date. Preliminary injunction motions have been filed and will be heard on October 2

DHS’s final public charge rule has been officially published. The effective date is October 15, 2019. View the PIF-IL Aug. 15th press conference here to hear from elected officials, community leaders and PIF-IL member organizations about the ruling and the steps going forward. 

Lawsuits are starting to be filed to resist the rule. Here are just a few: Plaintiffs include thirteen states including Illinois's Attorney General and led by Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson, five states led by California Attorney General, and the Counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara.  

Things to remember:

View an updated public charge fact sheet in English here


Have questions about the "Public Charge" click here for the Protecting Immigrant Families FAQ page

For fact sheets, research, partner resources, community education resources, state-specific materials, webinars, and more, click here.

Watch the PIF-IL Facebook Live Press Conference on Oct 10, 2018, the day the DHS public charge was filed into the federal registry. 

Things to remember:

The Public Charge is a proposal, NOT a Law.

DHS Public Charge Comment Period

Earlier this year, over 266,000 comments, and counting, were submitted in the federal register in response to the proposed changes to the Public Charge inadmissibility bar, changes that would affect millions of families but take particular aim at immigrants seeking permanent residency in the United States.

The comments submitted are overwhelmingly in opposition to the proposed changes.

The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) coalition, of which the Latino Policy Forum is a part of, had a goal of encouraging 100,000 comments nationally, and we more than doubled that. Included in the numerous comments in opposition to the harmful rule, are several state and local official comments, including the City of Chicago and Cook County.

Our national PIF partners are currently combing through all of the submitted comments to identify evidence for future litigation in opposition to the rule change. At this point in the administrative process, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should be reading through each comment and preparing its response.

Meanwhile, Protecting Immigrant Families- Illinois is gearing up to address the confusion and implementation issues this cruel rule change will generate if and when it is finalized.

Please remember that nothing has changed until the rule is finalized and even then, implementation will not be for another 60 days after the date it is finalized.

The proposed Public Charge test has spread fear and confusion among Americans. The proposal has already had devastating consequences as many families had taken it upon themselves to disenroll from crucial public services out of fear of endangering their chances of gaining legal permanent residency.

For more information, contact pifillinois@povertylaw.org