Know Your Rights
Category: Health
Jan. 29, 2019. Queens, NY. Make the Road New York for BlueHub Capital. Make the Road New York has fought to ensure respect and dignity for immigrant, poor, and working class New Yorkers by working to combine legal services, education, and community organizing support. © 2019 Marilyn Humphries

Public Charge rule blocked nationwide!

  • Javier H. Valdés Co-Executive Director
  • Deborah L. Axt Co-Executive Director

We stopped the new public charge rule in its tracks!

The Trump administration’s public charge rule has caused immense harm to our communities. A harm which has intensified in the context of this health and economic crisis–leaving families terrified to access basic health and social services, vital to survival.

We have been fighting this policy in federal court since it began, and with increased urgency since the onset of this pandemic. As our lawyers argued in one of our two federal lawsuits (Make the Road NY v. Cuccinelli and Make the Road NY v. Pompeo) this policy is lethal to immigrant communities during a national health crisis.

And WE WON! Will you help us celebrate this victory with a gift today? 

Late yesterday a judge issued two nationwide injunctions, one explicitly blocking this racist immigration rule for the duration of this health crisis and as long as there is any declared national health emergency. This means that immigrant families can now access the services they need without fear that doing so could lead to family separation. 

Thank you to our partners and legal team National Immigration Law Center, The Center for Constitutional Rights, The Legal Aid Society, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

This rule has already had devastating effects on immigrant families who were scared to seek out healthcare and even the most basic forms of food assistance, while fighting for survival at the epicenter of this pandemic.

Following this victory we will fight to ensure that our communities know their rights, and are able to access the services that they need for the duration of this crisis. We hope you will support us in this effort and as we continue to fight for dignity and justice for every member of our communities.

In Solidarity,