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Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

Children of Immigrants
Health
Housing & Homelessness
Nutrition
Poverty & Family Economics
Racial Equity

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children of immigrants are the fastest-growing group of American children. Approximately 1 in 4 children (18 million) live in a family with at least one immigrant parent.

The majority of children of immigrants live in a household where both parents are working and employed in essential, but lower-paying jobs that don’t provide access to employer-sponsored health insurance or a pension plan and diminish their ability to invest in their children.This combined with skyrocketing rents and the high cost of everyday goods means that immigrant parents still struggle to make ends meet and turn to key assistance programs to supplement resources for their families.

On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a rule for public comment that proposes changes to long-standing, bipartisan immigration policy. The proposed rule would allow government officials to consider the use of an applicant’s broad range of services such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and housing assistance when determining eligibility for green cards and/or lawful admission to the U.S.

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