Federal Rule Changes Affecting Immigrant Families


The fear of losing a parent can negatively impact a child’s ability to grow, learn, and thrive. We support our immigrant families and oppose policies that separate families, instill fear, and traumatize children or that discourage families from accessing resources.

The First 5 Alameda County Commission passed a resolution supporting immigrant families in 2017 and a resolution opposing the separation of immigrant families in 2018.

The following actions by the Trump Administration will affect immigrant and mixed-status families in Alameda County. Please read and share with your networks.


Public Charge


The Trump administration has finalized a rule change to public charge that would make it more difficult for some immigrants to get a green card or visa if they use public benefits or programs, e.g., Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/CalFresh), and housing assistance.

The policy will become effective 60 days after publication (expected to be October 15), unless litigation prevents the rule from taking effect.

Important to note! Receipt of Medicaid will not be considered a factor for noncitizens under the age of 21 and pregnant women during pregnancy and during the 60-day period after pregnancy. Second, receipt of the Medicaid Part D Low-Income Subsidy will not be considered as a factor in public charge determinations.

The final rule can be found here.

Find more information about the public charge rule change and who is impacted below:

Public housing


The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would prohibit mixed-status families from living in certain federally-subsidized housing. Mixed-status families are households that include both members who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status. Over 30,000 people and organizations submitted comments on the HUD proposal. The public comment period for this rule ended July 9, 2019. HUD will now draft a final rule and respond to the submitted comments. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation, SB 1904, that would bar this rule from coming into effect.


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