ZERO TO THREE Comments on Public Charge
Based on years of research and deep knowledge of human and child development, we believe that the proposed change to public charge determinations poses the threat of great harm to infants, toddlers, and families in the United States.
By forcing immigrants to choose between federal benefits and either entering the country or changing their status while in this country, this proposed rule will discourage individual immigrants and families from accessing fundamental supports such as SNAP, affordable housing programs, and health care.
As an organization that works diligently to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, we strongly oppose changing the definition of “public charge” as proposed and advise the administration to rescind the rule, instead crafting policies that allow immigrant children and families to remain healthy and safe in our country.
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