A Disappointing Supreme Court Decision on the Public Charge Rule

On January 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that allows the Trump Administration to implement its “public charge” rule while the legal cases against the rule continue in the federal courts. This rule will place unfair barriers in the way of many immigrant community members seeking to become lawful permanent residents

We know that the court’s decision has raised questions for many in our client community about whether they should continue to access public benefits for themselves or their families. Our advice is that community members should not make decisions to drop or forgo public assistance or support because of this news until they have consulted with an immigration attorney about their individual situations.

One of this administration’s goals is to spread fear and confusion among community members in order to discourage them from accessing services to which they are entitled. That’s why it’s very important to spread accurate information about how this new regulation will and will not impact people.

With this in mind, we wanted to share a few resources that we hope you will help us make available broadly. First, we conducted two 15-minute Facebook live sessions yesterday that provide key messages about the Supreme Court decision and the public charge rule in English and Spanish that continue to be available for sharing. For those who do not have access to Facebook, the videos are also available via Vimeo in English and Spanish.

We are also partnering with the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) to provide a free training for social service providers who want to understand more about how the court’s decision and the implementation of the public charge rule will impact the communities they serve. The training will be held at the Bertha Knight Landes room at Seattle City Hall on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. More information and the ability to RSVP for the training will be available later this week at OIRA’s public charge information page. We hope to make this or another training available online at a future date.

We appreciate your help in sharing these resources with the community. For additional resources, we encourage you to also visit the website of our partners at the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign.