CAPAC Chair Statement on DHS Overturning Cruel Trump-Era Public Charge Policy

Sep 9, 2022

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced final regulations to repeal the cruel Trump-era public charge policy which forced immigrant families to choose between their immigration status and accessing programs and services for their own health and well-being. The Biden Administration’s final rule not only clarifies what is and is not considered in a public charge determination, it also confirms that eligible immigrant families can use health care, nutrition, and housing programs without concerns for their immigration status. This ruling specifically impacts AAPI who rely on critical government services to provide for their families. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27, released the following statement: 

“The announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to finalize a new ‘public charge’ rule is a huge win for all our immigrant communities and is an important step in mitigating the damage caused by the Trump Administration. The Trump-era rule, which disproportionately harmed communities of color, was not consistent with our nation’s values and caused widespread fear and distress among immigrant communities, including those eligible for critical services such as Medicaid, SNAP and rental assistance. Two-thirds of the AAPI community nationwide are immigrants, and I am particularly grateful for this ruling which will ensure these families are not only surviving, but thriving. I also want to encourage DHS to partner with AAPI organizations to conduct culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach to make sure we are serving all our immigrant families.”