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Get Free Answers to Your Immigration "Public Charge Rule" Questions

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Call Catholic Charities Telethon & Facebook Live Event

Confused and frightened by how the just-announced Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed “public charge rule” could impact immigrants? 

Call our live Phone Bank, 1-800-566-7636, from 5– 7 p.m. for answers:

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Also, check out our Facebook Live bilingual (Spanish/English) panel of “public charge rule” immigration experts

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5 – 6 p.m.

¿Qué? Banco de llamadas de inmigración

¿Cuándo? Martes 2 y miércoles 3 de octubre

¿Cómo? Llamando a la línea de inmigración 1-800-566-7636

Además el jueves 4  de octubre habrá un Facebook live con un panel de expertos por Univision 41 a las 5 p.m.

Catholic Charities NY legal staff and volunteers will man the bank with the Mayor’s Immigration Office, the New York Immigration Coalition and the Hispanic Federation at our Catholic Charities NY Immigration Office at 80 Maiden Lane in New York City with live broadcasts and coverage thanks to Univision TV and El Diario news.

Called the most far-reaching immigration policy change made by the Trump administration so far, this proposed rule could dramatically impact immigrants, temporary visa holders and U.S. employers.  

Long ago Congress ruled the U.S. government could deny green cards and temporary visas to anyone “likely at any time to become a public charge.”  Immigration officers have interpreted this since 1999 to mean someone who used welfare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or long-term institutional care.

If approved, the new rule could allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deny green cards and temporary visas to anyone deemed likely to ever receive benefits from a much larger list.  Examples could include food stamps, rental assistance, emergency Medicaid and more.  DHS could also potentially consider an assortment of factors such as age, health and education. 

Call our multilingual immigration line 1-800-566-7636.  This line, manned by Catholic Charities NY staff, already provides free and confidential immigration information. Our special Telethon tomorrow 10/2, and Wednesday, 10/3, will be supplemented by expert volunteers to clarify concerns about this new proposal of "public charge" regulation.

"This is a great opportunity for people to know that we are ready to help them at any time,” said Catholic Charities NY Director of Immigration and Legal Services Raluca Oncioiu, “not just during those days.”

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