Protect Immigrant Families
Families emigrating to the U.S. are experiencing uncertain times on many fronts. The Trump Administration has expanded the “public charge test,” which evaluates the likelihood that immigrants will depend on government benefits when they apply for an adjustment of legal status, such as a visa, green card, or legal permanent residency. Although WIC is still exempt, public charge, which formerly only considered cash aid/TANF and long-term institutional Medicaid-funded care, now also considers SNAP, Section 8 housing, and Medicaid.
On January 27th, the Supreme Court ruled that the rule change can go forward, even as the legal fight continues around the country. The rule went into effect on February 24, 2020. Families should use a screening tool (https://www.keepyourbenefitsca.org/en) and seek legal advice if they are concerned they may be impacted. More resources can be found at www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org.
- CWA Social Media Messages on Public Charge in: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
- Flyer on Public Charge for WIC Clinics and Local Agency Websites in: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
- Everyone Is Welcome Here poster (Planned Parenthood WIC)
- Know Your Rights Red Cards – English/Spanish
- We’re Here to Protect You flyers (County of Sonoma): English and Spanish
- WIC Welcomes You posters (Michigan WIC, 2017): English, Spanish, and Arabic
- Tell your story! Send stories about immigrant families who have withdrawn from WIC services due to immigration fears to Sarah at CWA or Brian at NWA.
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