Shriver Center Commends President Biden’s Executive Order to Reverse Public Charge Regulation

We will continue to fight for immigrant families in Illinois and across the country.

CHICAGO—The Shriver Center on Poverty Law applauds President Biden for signing an Executive Order on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, requiring federal agencies to engage in an immediate review of former President Trump’s public charge rule that has effectively denied millions of immigrant families health care and economic support.   

This cruel rule punishes people seeking permanent resident status in the United States, and as well as those seeking certain visas, if they use—or are deemed likely to use in the future—public supports to meet their family’s basic health, housing, and nutrition needs. 

The Shriver Center has continued to fight for immigrant families in Illinois and across the country. We believe no family should have to make the choice between meeting their basic needs and being with their loved ones, particularly in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts.   

Read our joint statement with Protecting Immigrant Families coalition and read our joint statement with Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois coalition.  

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America’s greatest strength is its diversity.

Systemic inequities and the legacy of structural racism make it harder for low-income people and people of color to achieve financial stability.

Shelter is not only a basic human need, it is also critical to people’s ability to pursue and attain economic stability.

Healthcare is a human right. The high cost of care means millions of families have no access to the critical care all human beings deserve.

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