Protecting Immigrant Families - Michigan

Public Charge Regulations were finalized in September 2022 to allow most immigrant families to use the benefits for which they are eligible without fear of immigration consequences

The Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Michigan Campaign is part of a national network anchored by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), and a steering committee of 15 other member organizations. The Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition is made up of hundreds of diverse organizations across the country. Our mission is to unite to advance, protect and defend access to health care, nutrition programs, public services and economic support for immigrants and their families at the local, state and federal level. 

The PIF Michigan Campaign consists of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, The Michigan League for Public Policy, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Voces, African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs, and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. These organizations stand ready to support immigrant families in securing full access to public benefits they are eligible for–please contact us if you would like support navigating this area of law. 

The PIF Michigan Campaign started in 2018, in response to fighting against Trump-era revision of the public charge rule - a cruel policy that created a "wealth test" which threatened the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families. During the public comment period of the proposed role the campaign generated over 30,000 public comments in opposition to the rule. After four years of struggle, PIF welcomed the Biden Administration’s revision of the public charge rule which restores access to most public benefits.

Public Charge: Does this Apply to me? (designed for immigrant families to review for themselves)

123s of Public Charge (great for workers who get questions about benefits from immigrant families)

Resources from the U.S. Government: USCIS 2022 Public Charge Final Rule Infographic


**Archived Content (Items below this line are included as historical reference only)**


USCIS-2021-004; Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services (05/19/2021)

PIF MI calls on working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Attorney General to continue to improve health care access for Michigan’s immigrant families, by engaging with state and local nonprofits to inform families that the Trump-era “public charge” regulations are no longer in effect. (08/23/2021)

The State of Michigan Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) Public Comment (08/16/2022)


News Release: Michigan Organizations Urge Biden Administration To Protect Immigrant Families (05/10/2022)