The Academy is a voice for all children – no matter where they or their parents were born. The Academy urges policymakers to advance policies to support the health of immigrant children and families.
Our Advocacy Priorities
The AAP has been a leading voice speaking out against policies that are detrimental to immigrant children's health, including family separation, detention and policies that create barriers to accessing health care, nutrition and housing assistance.
Whether children in immigrant and refugee families are seeking a green card or to naturalize or are newly arrived and seeking safe haven in the United States, they deserve access to quality healthcare, nutrition, and housing and should be treated with dignity and respect.
Public Charge Resources
The 2019 public charge rule is no longer in effect – a policy that caused immigrant families to forgo needed health care, nutrition, and housing programs.