ECFC Comments on Public Charge

On December 6th, ECFC submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security on proposed draft regulation known widely as the “public charge” rule that would be a harmful departure from current policy.  

“Public charge” is designed to identify people who depend on the government as a main source of support. Under this proposed rule, the receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP a.k.a. “food stamps”), Medicaid, or housing assistance could count against legally eligible immigrants when they seek green cards to become legal permanent residents in our country. 

Families will be forced to choose between using benefits programs that provide vital services or maintaining eligibility to remain legally in the country.

Experts predict large drops in insurance coverage for children and increased food insecurity for children in immigrant families. In addition, funders and nonprofits are reporting a “chilling effect” in which families are already declining services or withdrawing their children from Medicaid and SNAP, and also from programs that are unaffected by the proposed regulation, such as WIC, early intervention and child care.

ECFC joins more than 60 foundations and philanthropy-supporting organizations in commenting on the public charge regulation.  



GCIR Public Charge Resources page

Links to key GCIR and philanthropy features on Public Charge.

Comments by Philanthropy Page (compiled by GCIR)

Links to comments and statements by philanthropy; official proposed charge text; analysis of the proposed charge; and other resources for funders.

What Can Philanthropy Do?  Coming Together for Children in Immigrant Families in a Changing Policy Landscape, January 2018

Publication and 20 minute video primer on recommendations for philanthropic impact emerging from a 2017 roundtable session hosted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, GCIR, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, and ECFC.