Public Charge

Our Response to Dept. of Homeland Security's Official Release of Public Charge Rule

The MinKwon Center for Community Action strongly condemns the new Public Charge rules officially published today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The new rules are further evidence that Trump and his administration are not against the process of how some immigrants arrived to this country, but are against all immigrants. We must not only fight back against the White supremacist rhetoric that continues to lead to horrific violence, but also protect our communities from institutional forms of discrimination through inhumane policies like these targeting immigrants who are low-income, limited English proficient, elderly, have disabilities or other health or access needs, which broadly and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
Asian Americans will be significantly impacted by the new rules. More green cards are issued to Asian countries than any other region in the world. Furthermore, for the working-age population, Asian American New Yorkers have had the highest rate of poverty since 2007.


Rules are Not Yet in Effect. Although the new Public Charge rules are scheduled to start October 15, there are lawsuits and legislative proposals being introduced to delay or stop the implementation of the new rule, which would affect the planned start date.


Get Informed. Most benefits are not included in the new Public Charge rules, and many people will not be impacted. The rule also only affects applicants for admission or adjustment of status, and therefore will not impact most green card holders, naturalized citizens, or their family members. Before making any decisions on needed benefits, especially before disenrolling, learn more about how the new rules may impact you, your family members, or loved ones.


Use Free and Trusted Resources. Free legal advice is available in various languages. Call 311 and say “Public Charge” to be connected to trusted and verified advice and legal counsel with ActionNYC and the NY State Office of New Americans. Korean language speakers can also contact the MinKwon Center directly at 718-460-5600. To avoid scammers giving false information to immigrants, we recommend using the trusted and free resources above.


Come to our Public Charge Workshop. MinKwon is hosting a free workshop to inform our communities about the new Public Charge rule in English and Korean. The workshop will be next Tuesday, August 20, 7 PM at our location in Flushing. Please RSVP on Facebook and invite your network.


New information will continue to emerge on the Public Charge rules and the implementation date may potentially be changed. We support the lawsuits against DHS that will be filed by legal organizations and state officials, legislative efforts to pass the Reuniting Families Act and prohibit federal funds for Public Charge, and the necessary outreach and education to inform our neighbors about Public Charge and mobilize them to action.