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Legal Impact Network Partners Stand Together Against "Public Charge" Proposal

The best way to strengthen our country is to ensure that all families who live in it have the food, medical care, and shelter they need to thrive and contribute to their communities and our nation.

But the Trump Administration has proposed a federal rule that would punish people attempting to become legal permanent residents if they seek food, medical, or housing assistance. The rule would also penalize people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, those who are not proficient in English, and those younger than age 18 or older than 61. By dramatically and nonsensically expanding the scope of the so-called “public charge” doctrine, the Administration is threatening the livelihoods of millions of families, immigrant communities, and people living in or near poverty.

Legal Impact Network organizations are working together in states across the country to fight this cruel proposal. Read the comments that our state advocate partners have submitted to the proposed rule. 


Convened by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Legal Impact Network brings together strong legal and policy advocates from throughout the country who are using innovative, coordinated strategies to address poverty and advance racial justice. Our advocacy helps people meet their basic human needs, supports working families, promotes the well-being of children, and advances opportunity and justice for all. The network currently reaches 33 states and the District of Columbia. 

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