Protecting Immigrant Families

Protecting Immigrant Families

Advancing Our Future Campaign


In 2017, The Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future (“PIF”) campaign was created by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) to combat the Trump Administration’s attack on access to health care, nutrition, housing and economic security programs for millions of immigrant families. The campaign brings together leading advocates for immigrants, children, education, health, anti-hunger, anti-poverty and faith communities. Together, campaign members not only defend against these threats, but also work to lay the foundation for a more productive national dialogue about our immigrant tradition and our country’s future.

Recent Campaign Achievements:

On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to redefine the definition of “public charge” so that even modest receipt of public benefit programs including non-emergency Medicaid, SNAP, help paying for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D, and several housing programs, can be counted against immigrants seeking a green card. DHS weighs a range of factors in deciding whether a person is likely to use certain public benefits in the future, and would make it much more difficult for low and moderate-income immigrants to get a green card, or extend or change their temporary status in the United States.

Following publication of the NPRM, the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future Campaign was prepared to immediately launch a coordinated comment strategy, with a menu of options for engagement from advocates, allies and public officials. The 60-day public comment period began on October 10 and ran until December 10, 2018. During that time period, more than 260,000 comments were submitted to the Department of Homeland Security, including hundreds of high-quality, detailed comments from diverse organizations.

The regulation redefining public charge has not gone into effect. If and when a final rule is published, there will be at least 60 days before it takes effect.

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