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Putting Our Children at Risk: The Impact of the Public Charge Rule on Immigrant Children and Families

September 2019

This brief highlights the damaging effects of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s recently published final public charge rule, specifically its anticipated impact on access to health coverage, food security, and housing stability for immigrant children and families.


FAQs: Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge Final Rule

August 2019

This brief contains commonly asked questions related to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) recent issuing of a finalized rule that drastically alters longstanding policy and definition of "public charge," jeopardizing certain immigrants’ ability to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR), gain admission into the U.S, and to extend or adjust their status.

Policy Paper

Our Future Together: A Framework for an Equitable Immigration System that Protects and Promotes the Well-Being of Families

March 2019

This report proposes a framework for an equitable immigration system that protects and promotes the well-being of families seeking to enter the United States at the southern border or other ports of entry, as well as of families who are already living here. 

(25 pp)

Policy Paper

Public Charge Comments Template

December 2018

This document gives states and communities a template for use in submitting comments on the proposed public charge guidance.



Entangled Roots: The Role of Race in Policies that Separate Families

November 2018

By examining the roots of policies that separate families and their entanglement with racial prejudice and discrimination, this report makes the case that we must embrace an alternative path.




Moving to High Quality Child Care for All: Addressing Inequities through CCDBG State Plans

October 2018

As States begin implementing their required CCDBG triennial plans for 2019-2021, Child Care Administrators and other State policy leaders should use this opportunity to improve the quality of, and expand access to, child care for low-income families of color.

Policy Paper

The Proposed Public Charge Rule

October 2018

This brief discusses a proposed rule that would, if finalized, dramatically redefine a century-old provision of immigration law. 

Policy Paper

Family First Prevention Services Act: Pregnant & Parenting Youth FAQs

October 2018

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law on February 9, 2018. The FAQs in this brief provide responses to the most commonly asked questions related to this population.


Public Charge Determination

October 2018

This infographic explains the current "public charge" determination and overviews the impact of the proposed rule on individuals, families, and communities. It also discusses how public charge could change. 


Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Critical Pathway to Safety and Permanence for States


This policy paper offers guidance for policymakers on how to protect children and youth from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico in the absence of visa availability.
(6 pp)