Public Charge: A Threat to Public Health and the American Dream

By Nusheen Ameednudin

In addition to its detrimental effects on health and well-being, public charge expansion would damage the fairness and integrity of the American immigration system. The Protecting Immigrant Families campaign (PIF), co-chaired by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Immigration Law Center, classified the new public charge rule as part of a series of legislation and executive orders that comprised a “pattern of attack on low-income immigrant families.” Within the larger crackdown on both legal and illegal immigration through the administration’s actions and rhetoric surrounding the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program and the “Muslim ban,” public charge expansion would make it even harder for immigrants to obtain permanent legal status in the United States.


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