The Trump administration has published a proposed rule that would force many immigrants and their families to choose between accessing essential public services and keeping their families together. Protecting Immigrant Families Michigan is a collaborative campaign of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, ACCESS, the Michigan League for Public Policy, and the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.
- This proposed rule is not yet official, and we can fight back!
- There’s no reason to drop off public benefits like Medicaid or food stamps now. If a new rule is eventually implemented, it will only apply going forward. The only benefits that currently affect the public charge determination are cash assistance or institutionalized long-term care paid for by the government.
- Some immigrants are exempt from a public charge determination, including refugees, asylees, U-visa or T-visa recipients, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJS) and some others.
- If you already have a green card, the new rule would only affect you if you leave the U.S. for more than 6 months, or are otherwise seeking readmission into the U.S. The new rule would not apply when renewing your green card or applying to become a U.S. Citizen.
- Individuals outside of the U.S., applying for admission, or who plan to leave the U.S. to get their green card through a U.S. consulate abroad, may already be subject to a stricter public charge evaluation. Consult with an immigration attorney before leaving the United States.