Understanding the new public charge wealth test and defending families and communities.
The administration has been building an ‘Invisible Wall’ to create real barriers for families, including a wealth test (known as the public charge rule) that makes it harder for people with low or moderate incomes to navigate the immigration system. This wealth test decides whether a person can enter the U.S. or get a green card for lawful permanent residence. It depends on factors such as income, employment, health, education, and family situation. While this rule is still being challenged in court, it is now in effect for applications and petitions postmarked on or after February 24, 2020.
It’s important to note: Most immigrants will not be affected and many benefits are not included in the new public charge rule. The public charge rule doesn’t apply to:
- U or T visa applicants/holders
- Applicants for Temporary Protected Status
- Most Green Card holders and renewal applicants
- DACA renewal applicants
Know Your Rights: The best way to defend our communities is to know the facts.
Learn more before making decisions that may harm you or your family. Get the facts, make a plan, and share this information with others. We recommend the following resources and tools national partners have put together:
- Find the information you need at the Protecting Immigrant Families website
- Find community education materials in multiple languages here
- Community fact sheet: “Public Charge: Does this apply to me?” English | Spanish
- Public Charge 101: Community Presentation English | Spanish
- Upcoming NILC Webinar: Friday, February 28th at 12pm MT/1:00pm CT – Empowering Your Communities: Understanding Public Charge
If you’re not sure what Public Charge means for your immigration status, contact your immigration lawyer or the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline.
The rule is out of step with our Nebraska values.
Not only does the public charge wealth test discriminate against working-class families, but it also jeopardizes the lives and well-being of U.S. citizen children in mixed-status families. Public programs keep children and families healthy and safe.
All of this is happening without an act from Congress and contrary to comments from the public. (More than 260,000 public comments were submitted on the proposed rule, the vast majority in opposition.) Although the rule implementation is moving forward for now, lawsuits challenging the rule continue. Together with you, we will keep fighting this cruel policy.
Take Action: Voice your support for policies that help, not hurt Nebraska families.
Call our members of Congress and urge them to support stability for families and communities!
Contact your Representatives in Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3222, the “No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019”
|Dist. 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806||Dist. 2 – Rep. Don Bacon (202) 225-4155|
|Dist. 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435|
Contact your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 2482, the “Protect American Values”
|Sen. Deb Fischer (202) 224-6551||Sen. Ben Sasse (202) 224-4224|
Together we can fight the invisible wall. Together we can welcome neighbors from all backgrounds and keep our Nebraska communities strong.