San Francisco, CA — The Trump Administration announced new “public charge” rules that will increase hardships for working-class immigrants and unfairly restrict future family-based immigration.

The new rules, which go into effect in two months, have been opposed for months by a broad range of social service providers, immigrant rights, and civil rights groups.

“Over 266,000 public comments were submitted last year and the majority of the comments opposed the rule change given the harm that working class families would suffer and the already frayed social safety net in the United States. Today’s announcement is another example of how this administration is scapegoating all immigrant families and their ability to be together with their families now and in the future,” states Hong Mei Pang, CAA’s Director of Advocacy.

“Public charge” is a label used by the US government when determining whether immigrants could become dependent on government assistance.

The rules change penalizes an immigrant for being “public charge”, and thus harm their ability to apply for green cards and curb future migration via family sponsorship if enrolled in the following programs: Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in California), Section 8 housing subsidies, food stamps (SNAP), and cash-based income assistance, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Social Security Income (SSI). The final rule will become effective on October 15, 2019.

While the rule will primarily impact those seeking to adjust their status or applying to immigrate, it will also unnecessarily deter those eligible for benefits from applying out of fear of future immigration consequences.

“These changes will deter immigrants from participating in life-saving programs and disproportionately harm families, women, children, elderly, and people with disabilities. It contributes to the climate of fear that has been created as a result of racist xenophobia perpetuated by the Trump Administration,” states Amy Lin, CAA’s Immigrant Rights Program Manager.

CAA will convene a press conference on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, with city agencies and community partners on the policy impacts of the final rule and community response. Community members are encouraged to contact CAA’s Immigrant Rights program at 415.761.3222 for general inquiry and legal referrals regarding how the finalized rule would affect them.


Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is a community-based civil rights organization in San Francisco. Our mission is to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice.


Changes to “Public Charge” Will Harm Immigrants, Restrict Future Immigration 




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華人權益促進會將會聯同三藩市市政府部門及社區機構在二零一九年八月十四日舉辦記者會,講解是次的修改所帶來的政策影響及社區的反應。歡迎受到該修訂影響的社區人士致電華促會移民項目的工作人員,電話係415.761.3222 ,查詢對你或你家庭的影響以及相關法律諮詢轉介服務。