We are awaiting breaking news of a new executive order that will fundamentally change our immigration system — that targets family-based immigration, and limits legal pathways to immigrate, but does not rely on Congress to pass a bill.
We want you to be prepared you to take action so we can act quickly once it’s announced. The “public charge” test is the way the federal government assesses a potential immigrant’s likelihood of becoming dependent on government support, and thus denying their application. The anticipated change would broadly expand the list of what makes someone dependent on the government — including an immigrant’s U.S. citizen child’s use of the health and food benefits that they’re legally eligible for, as a determining factor. It will greatly harm vulnerable immigrant families, make for huge cuts to legal immigration, and separate parents from their U.S. citizen children.
The CRCNA has stated that justice for immigrants would mean more pathways to legal immigration, not fewer. This policy would aim to ensure that only those with wealth, education, strong health, and English proficiency may immigrate to the U.S.