HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE “PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to change the rules so that immigrants who use public services cannot receive a green card. This proposed rule is an attack on all families and their right to vital services like healthcare, education, nutrition, and housing. Current law already restricts which public services immigrants can use. Trump’s proposed rule rips away the most basic safety net that protects us all.
Families will be forced to choose between their family’s well-being and their opportunity for a future in the United States. The new rule could keep immigrants from getting their green card IF THEY OR ANYONE IN THEIR FAMILY (including their U.S. born children) receive a benefit like Medi-Cal, WIC, CHIP and even school lunch/breakfast programs. The children we care for may go hungry and our schools can lose federal funding.
How we’re addressing the issue
The rule is not on the books now but if it goes into effect it will hurt Local 99 families.
WE CAN STOP THE HATE. But, we need your help! Tell DHS why this rule is a bad idea. DHS must address your comments. Tell us how Medi-Cal, WIC, CHIP, CalFresh, public housing or other public services helped your family, friends, or your community below. As an education worker, tell us how the free lunch program helps the students you work with.
The Public Charge rule means parents now have to consider whether to enroll their children in public school food programs. Their children’s enrollment could impact their ability to attain legal residency, even if their children are U.S. citizens. What does this mean? This can impact federal funding for school lunch programs as parents make the painful choice to opt-out of the lunch program to help them attain their residency. Decreased demand for federally-funded school lunches can mean a decrease in federal funding for our schools. This will impact the number of food service worker positions in our K-12 schools and therefore our jobs.
When parents are obligated to remove their children from federally-funded school lunch programs in their hope for legal residency we cannot ensure all the children we care for are being fed. Many families rely on public school lunch to help their children stay healthy and learn in an environment free from hunger. The Public Charge rule could lock thousands of vulnerable children in working-class communities from essential food programs at school.
Public Charge Comments
Now more than ever we must speak out on the impact the “public charge” rule will have on all families. We’re collecting stories to submit the most persuasive ones to the administration to fight back against these attacks. Share your story with us.