“Public charge” is a test used to decide if someone can obtain a visa or a green card. A new proposal from the Department of Homeland Security would expand this test to consider whether an immigrant has used or is likely to use public benefits, including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and housing assistance.
The American Academy of Pediatrics cares for all children – no matter where they or their parents were born. The new proposal could force immigrant parents to choose between keeping their families together in this country or accessing vital health, housing and nutrition programs to stay healthy.
Below is an infographic that shows how the changes to public charge are a threat to children’s health.