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Ask Us Questions about the Implications of Public Charge

By Jim Sliney Jr 10/9/19

On October 15th the federal government’s changes to the definition of “public charge” are set to go into effect. Many are nervous and confused about how this impacts them or other loved ones trying to come to the United States. A coalition of concerned agencies are having a live call-in event to answer questions and clarify the “public charge” issue.

This coalition is made up of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Catholic Charities of New York, New York’s Office of New Americans, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Hispanic Federation, the New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Aid Society, Univision and El Diario.

We wrote recently about the implications of the change to “public charge” and you can find that here. But if this change passes, the new definition could allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deny green cards and temporary visas to anyone deemed likely to ever receive things like food stamps, rental assistance, emergency Medicaid and more. 

The event will be staffed by legal volunteers from within the coalition and multiple languages will be available. Catholic Charities Community Services of New York regularly provides legal consultations, representation and assistance to documented and undocumented immigrants regardless of nationality, ethnicity or religion. Clients are charged nominal fees. Generally, our consultation fee is $50 ($85 for attorney consultations). Fees for other services vary, and may be reduced or waived according to need.

The public charge controversy strikes at the heart of compassion. People who risk their lives to come to America should not be treated like commodities. Mario Russell, the Director of Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities of NY perhaps said it best, “This new public charge rule goes against what we believe, against who we are.”

WHEN: October 15th 2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

CALL-IN NUMBER: 1-800-566-7636