Updated: Sep 25, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018

CONTACT Gaby Hernandez,, (760) 277-0791


LONG BEACH, CA - New proposed rule on public charge will make immigrants fearful of accessing vital programs designed to make their families and our communities healthy and secure.  

In response to the recent announcement on public charge, the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition provides the following statement:

Our immigrant communities are under attack by the Trump administration, once again, this time in an unprecedented proposal to change the definition of public charge unveiled on September 22, by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

If this change becomes final, it will have a tremendous impact on immigrants who hope to adjust their immigration status, now or in the future. The proposed rule will extend the list of programs that could make immigrants in the process of becoming legal permanent residents ineligible for legal status.  

This cruel and ill-advised anti-immigrant proposal would punish immigrants for using programs to which they or their children are legally entitled such as non-emergency medical care, non-emergency Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and housing assistance resources, just to name a few. Access to these programs is essential not only for the well-being of the direct beneficiaries but for the health and security of our community, region, and state.

It is important to note that this proposed rule will not affect Legal Permanent Residents applying to become citizens.

LBIRC condemns this administration’s new attempt at terrorizing immigrant families. This campaign of fear undermines the social fabric of local communities and makes it difficult to raise healthy families. We cannot allow this proposed rule to become final. We must fight back during the sixty days we will have to influence the proposed regulation via public comment.   

Join LBIRC and organizations across the nation in our fight to keep families and our communities healthy and secure by joining the public comment period as soon as it becomes available once the proposed rule is officially published. Your voice matters and can make a difference.


Long Beach immigrant rights coalition

525 E. 7th Street

Long Beach, CA 90813

Tel: 562-204-6333

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