Yet again immigrants are under attack as a result of a new policy being considered that would impact access to public programs for people seeking legal residency and could result in denying people the ability to enter the United States or even change people’s immigration status. This is all the result of politically motivated attacks and a harmful and broken immigration system.
COLOR is part of a coalition working to address this issue along with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), [list other groups]. Learn more, stay informed and take action with us on the “public charge”.
What is the “Public Charge”?
Many people in our communities are already familiar with the “public charge”, a determination test used by United States immigration officials. The idea is trying to assess if someone will use and to what extent they might need to utilize support from the government through a public program.
The public charge test comes into play when a person applies to enter the United States, to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident, or to switch from one non-immigrant status to another. The test is typically used by those seeking a family-based visa. It is not considered when seeking citizenship status.
This is a test that is supposed to determine if someone will need financial support. They look at things like cash assistance (SSI and TANF) or institutionalized long-term care. If an individual is determined to be a “public charge”, they can be denied status and entry into the US. They can even be deported in rare cases.