Public Charge Advocacy

For months now, NLSLA advocates have been hearing from immigrants fearful of proposed changes to federal law, which could redefine who is considered a “public charge”—or taxpayer burden—in the eyes of immigration officials.

People are afraid their reliance on Medi-Cal and food stamps could impact their residency applications if the changes take effect.

NLSLA is working with the Los Angeles County Office of Immigration Affairs to educate immigrants about public charge issues, and to let partner organizations and impacted communities know the proposed changes—which are still in the consideration phase, and have yet to become law—will not be applied retroactively.