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Recent PIF statements and releases:
- Advocates Urge Senators To Oppose Asylum Ban (November 29, 2023)
- CMS Must Pause Medicaid Unwinding Until State Performance Gaps Are Addressed, Advocates Say (November 20, 2023)
- Shutdown Puts Immigrant Families at Additional Risk, Advocates Warn (September 29, 2023)
- Advocates Urge No Vote on Public Charge Amendment to DHS Appropriations Bill (September 27, 2023)
- District Court Ruling Means Congress Must Act on DACA (September 14, 2023)
- Urban Institute Analysis Shows Biden Admin Failed to Lower Barriers Facing Immigrant Families in Hardship (August 23, 2023)
- Advocates Applaud HEAL Act Introduction, Urge Quick Passage (July 27, 2023)
- 400+ Organizations Back DACA Health Care Plan (June 26, 2023)
- Hirono / Jayapal / Cárdenas Bill A Race Equity Priority, Advocates Say (June 15, 2023)
- Manchin, Tester Vote with Trump and Stephen Miller (May 17, 2023)
- Statement on Expansion of Healthcare Access for DACA Recipients (April 13, 2023)
- Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Resurrect Trump Immigration Policy (January 9, 2023)
- Advocates: Immigration Policy Unchanged by Texas Lawsuit (January 6, 2023)
- New Biden Regulation Can Promote Equitable Pandemic Recovery (December 23, 2022)
- DACA Ruling Makes It Clear: Congress Must Act To Protect Immigrant Families (October 5, 2022)
- Advocates Hail Biden Regulation as Major Win for Immigrant Families, Urge Congress to Act (September 8, 2022)
- Advocates Applaud Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Attack on Immigrant Families (June 15, 2022)
- Hirono Bill Critical to Equitable Pandemic Recovery, Advocates Say (May 26, 2022)
- 1,000+ Organizations Urge Biden Administration to Protect Immigrant Families (April 25, 2022)
- New Poll: ¾ of Americans Back Restoring Safety Net Access for Immigrant Families (January 20, 2022)
- New Survey: Three Out of Four Immigrant Families Unaware Harmful Public Charge Policy Overturned (December 8, 2021)
In addition to PIF press releases and blog posts, we track news coverage of related issues on this page. Browse the latest posts or use the filter system to find specific content.
Nov 29, 2023
WASHINGTON — News reports indicate that U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans are negotiating legislation that conditions funding for President Biden’s emergency supplemental budget request on radical restrictions to U.S. asylum law. Reacting to this news, the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (PIF) issued the following statement from its director, Adriana Cadena:
Nov 20, 2023
States Failing to Lower Barriers Facing Immigrant Families, Survey Finds
WASHINGTON — A coalition of more than 600 organizations nationwide has asked the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pause state Medicaid eligibility redetermination processes. The Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (PIF) letter, sent to CMS on Thursday, cites a first-of-its-kind survey of state advocates, finding critical gaps in state policies and practices critical to ensuring accurate Medicaid eligibility determinations for millions of people in immigrant families. This finding comes six months into states’ efforts to “unwind” Medicaid’s pandemic-era continuous coverage requirement.
Sep 29, 2023 | Children, Economic security, Health, Housing, Tax Credits
Statement urges federal policymakers to accurately communicate with immigrant families about the impact of a government shutdown.
Sep 27, 2023 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing, Tax Credits
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on legislation (HR 4367) appropriating funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for federal fiscal year 2024. The House Rules Committee has drafted a special rule for floor debate of the bill, which would make dozens of amendments in order, including an amendment that would prohibit DHS from implementing the public charge regulation finalized in December.
Sep 17, 2023 | Children, Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing, Tax Credits
Los Angeles Times
The Times’ deep dive on public charge, with a clear and accurate overview of current policy and an explanation of how the public charge chilling effect continues to threaten immigrant families.
Sep 14, 2023 | Health
WASHINGTON — The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) unlawful yesterday. Importantly, the Court’s ruling does not impact the nearly 600,000 people who currently have DACA. The United States and other defendants are expected to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which had remanded the case back to the Southern District of Texas last fall. Reacting to Wednesday’s ruling, the PIF coalition issued the following statement by its director, Adriana Cadena:
Aug 23, 2023 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing
WASHINGTON — The Urban Institute released an analysis Thursday, finding that the Biden Administration has failed to mitigate the “chilling effect” resulting from the Trump Administration’s expanded public charge regulation and its consequences for the health and well-being of immigrant families. The analysis finds that 25% of people in mixed-status families avoided health care and social service programs last year, because of immigration concerns. The analysis specifically cites the public charge chilling effect as a persistent concern. That figure is roughly unchanged from the 27.7% of people in mixed-status families the Urban Institute found were chilled in 2020, when the Trump policy was still in force.
Jul 27, 2023 | Health
Statement commends lawmakers on the bicameral introduction of legislation to lower health care access barriers for immigrant families, improve health outcomes, and promote health equity.
Jul 18, 2023 | Health, Children
STAT News covers a medical journal study finding that anti-immigrant policies result in reduced health care access for new moms who are immigrants. Quotes PIF’s Cheasty Anderson.
Jun 26, 2023 | Children, Health
WASHINGTON — A comment submitted Friday brought 424 organizations together in supporting expanded health care access for people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The comment was coordinated by the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (PIF) and submitted in response to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal that would cover nearly 130,000 people who are uninsured today.
Jun 26, 2023 | Health
PIF organized more than 400 organizations in support of a proposal to expand health care access for people with DACA. This release summarizes the joint comment.
Jun 15, 2023 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing
WASHINGTON — Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) and Tony Cárdenas (D-California) today introduced legislation reversing the “five-year bar,” a 1996 policy that denies eligibility for federal assistance programs to millions in the families of people with “green cards” and other immigrants who are lawfully present in the United States. The Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration (LIFT the BAR) Act has 100 original cosponsors in the United States House of Representatives and 11 original cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. Polling by the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition finds that ¾ of Americans favor the policy change proposed by the LIFT the BAR Act. In response to the bill’s introduction, the PIF coalition released the following statement from its director, Adriana Cadena:
May 17, 2023 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing
WASHINGTON — Two U.S. Senate Democrats voted today to support SJRes 18, a partisan resolution attacking “public charge” regulations. The resolution would reverse the Biden Administration regulations barring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from considering the use of health care, nutrition, or housing programs by lawfully-present immigrants applying for permanent residence (a “green card”). The Biden regulation replaced a Trump policy putting green card applications at risk if lawfully-present immigrants used such programs. Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller was the architect of the Trump policy, which undermined pandemic response and widened racial disparities in health, hunger, and poverty. A 2021 poll found that nearly half (46%) of people in immigrant families who needed help or health care during the pandemic did not seek it because of immigration concerns.
Apr 06, 2023
New York Times
On how safety net barriers like public charge and the five-year bar perpetuate poverty among kids in the families of lawfully-present immigrants.
Mar 22, 2023 | Economic security
Enlace Latino NC
North Carolina’s Enlace Latino news site spotlights ITIN resources developed by PIF and partners NILC, CLASP, and UnidosUS. Learn more about ITINs and use our resources to help immigrant families in your community. Get the Your ITIN, Your Money resources.
Jan 09, 2023
PIF statement reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court decision not to consider litigation seeking to restore the Trump public charge policy.
Jan 06, 2023 | Children, Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing, Tax Credits
PIF statement responding to the filing of a lawsuit challenging the Biden public charge regulation.
Dec 23, 2022 | Economic security, Children, Food security, Health, Housing, Tax Credits
Statement on the effective date of the Biden public charge regulation.
Nov 15, 2022 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing
Great public charge segment (begins at 46:55) featuring PIF partner California Primary Care Association on RB’s flagship call-in program, Linea Abierta.
Nov 13, 2022 | Economic security, Health, Housing, Food security
Las Vegas Sun
Great American Academy of Pediatrics op-ed urges the Biden Administration and local policymakers to commit to an outreach campaign aimed at informing immigrant families about the new public charge regulation.
Oct 28, 2022 | Housing
Los Angeles Times
Deep dive into what’s driving California’s Latino homelessness spike, including public charge.
Oct 21, 2022 | Health, Food security, Children
Journal of the American Medical Association
PIF partners Children’s HealthWatch find that the lapse in expanded Child Tax Credit payments drove a 25% increase in food insecurity, with immigrant families among those hardest hit.
Oct 21, 2022 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing, Tax Credits
Great network story on the Biden final public charge reg features PIF partner MomsRising.
Oct 17, 2022 | Economic security, Income security, Tax Credits
IRS offers assurances that claiming stimulus payment checks will have no effect on immigration status.
Oct 05, 2022 | Economic security
Reacting to a federal appeals court’s ruling that the DACA program is unlawful, PIF calls on Congress to act.
Sep 28, 2022 | Food security
Food bank CEO attending the White House Hunger Conference says an effective response must improve food security for immigrant families.
Sep 16, 2022 | Health
In-depth looks at how promotoras made the difference on vaccine outreach to immigrant families.
Sep 13, 2022
U.S. House of Representatives
Chairmen of two key U.S. House of Representatives committees recognize the Biden final public charge regulation as a major win for immigrant families and the nation.
Sep 08, 2022 | Children, Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing, Income security, Tax Credits
WASHINGTON — A new “public charge” regulation finalized today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adds critical protections to secure immigrant families’ access to the health and social services safety net. While the final regulation largely restores and improves upon the public charge policy in place for 20 years prior to the Trump administration, it also makes an improvement sought by more than 1,000 organizations coordinated by the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (PIF): making it crystal-clear that DHS will not consider use of health care, nutrition, or housing programs when making immigration decisions. Reacting to the publication of the final public charge regulation, the PIF coalition issued the following statement by its director, Adriana Cadena:
Aug 30, 2022 | Economic security, Children, Income security
PIF partner UnidosUS on advocacy to expand immigrant families’ eligibility for state earned income credit programs.
Aug 29, 2022 | Food security
Lawmakers urge Biden officials to prioritize outreach to immigrant communities in anti-hunger strategy.
Aug 23, 2022 | Economic security, Income security, Housing
Houston Public Media
Public charge deters Texas immigrant families from seeking aid through hurricane buyout program.
Aug 18, 2022 | Health
Local governments working to mitigate health disparities affecting DC-area immigrant families, including thawing the persistent public charge chilling effect.
Aug 11, 2022 | Income security
Immigrant advocates critique a family economic aid bill sponsored by Utah Republican Senator Romney that includes mixed-status families but excludes undocumented families.
Aug 09, 2022 | Economic security, Children, Health, Income security, Nutrition, Housing
PIF director Adriana Cadena talks about the upcoming public charge final regulation on the radio network’s live Linea Abierta program.
Aug 02, 2022 | Health
Public News Service
Article on CHIP’s 25th anniversary quotes PIF partner Florida Health Justice Project offering assurances to immigrant families that CHIP enrollment will have no immigration consequences.
Jul 25, 2022 | Economic security, Health
Immigrants account for about 15% of the US population, and government makes decisions every day affecting their health and wellbeing, but less than one half of 1% of charitable giving supports advocacy work on behalf of immigrants.
Jun 15, 2022
June 15, 2022
Jun 07, 2022 | Children, Health
Great op-ed by a pediatrician argues for passage of the LIFT the BAR Act.
Jun 04, 2022 | Economic security, Food security, Health, Housing
PIF partner MomsRising / Mamas Con Poder featured in this article assuring immigrant families that they can use safety net programs without immigration consequences.
Jun 03, 2022 | Health, Children
Joint commentary by the National Center for Children in Poverty and PIF partner CLASP urges NJ’s legislature to expand safety net access for children in immigrant families.
Jun 02, 2022 | Housing
Los Angeles Times
Columnist Jean Guerrero urges actions to mitigate homelessness, including addressing barriers to available supports, including public charge.
May 26, 2022 | Health, Children
Maryland legislation expands of prenatal care to women in immigrant families.
May 26, 2022 | Health, Food security, Economic security, Children, Housing
PIF statement of support in response to Sen. Mazie Hirono’s introduction of the Senate version of the LIFT the BAR Act
May 26, 2022
WASHINGTON — Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) today introduced legislation reversing the “five-year bar,” a 1996 policy that denies eligibility for federal assistance programs to millions in the families of immigrants who are lawfully present in the United States. The Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration (LIFT the BAR, S 4311) Act has 9 original cosponsors: Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). The Hirono bill is the Senate companion to legislation (HR 5227) sponsored by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington-7), which has earned more than 80 cosponsors since its introduction in September. January polling by the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition finds that ¾ of Americans favor the policy change proposed by the LIFT the BAR Act. In response to the bill’s introduction, the PIF coalition released the following statement from its director, Adriana Cadena:
May 25, 2022
Food security nonprofit finds that hunger is 55% higher than before the pandemic, with immigrant families among those at greatest risk.
May 24, 2022 | Health
Former Refugee Council USA executive director argues that a SCOTUS reversal of Roe v. Wade would hit immigrant women even harder than most, by reinforcing immigrant families’ concerns about the effect of getting health care and economic aid on future immigration applications.
May 21, 2022 | Health
BMC Public Health
UC Riverside public health and health equity experts find the public charge chilling effect continues to depress COVID-19 testing and vaccination in Latinx families.
May 18, 2022 | Health
State ACA implementation agency asks feds for a waiver allowing Washington to offer health coverage regardless of immigration status.
May 12, 2022 | Children, Economic security, Food security, Health, Tax Credits
On new research by our partners at Children’s Health Watch, finding that the expanded Child Tax Credit improves health and food security, but that immigrant and Latinx families aren’t getting it.
May 11, 2022 | Economic security, Food security, Housing, Health
Univision Sacramento (KUVS)
Overview of current public charge policy, offering assurances and facts to families needing care or help.
Apr 25, 2022
WASHINGTON — A comment submitted today by 1,070 nonprofit organizations urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to act quickly in finalizing a “public charge” regulation that secures immigrant families’ access to the health and social services safety net. The comment was coordinated by the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (PIF) and signed by national organizations and organizations in every state in the country, plus the District of Columbia.
Jan 20, 2022
WASHINGTON — A poll released today by the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition (PIF) finds that 74% of Americans support legislation to reverse policies that restrict safety net access for immigrants who are lawfully present in the United States and their families. The Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration Act (LIFT the BAR Act, HR 5227), is sponsored by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington). The public opinion research firm BSP Research completed the poll January 10-14, surveying 1,200 adults nationwide, with a margin of error of 2.8%.
Dec 08, 2021
December 8, 2021