Press Statement

Supreme Court Allows Expansion of Trump Administration’s Dangerous Public Charge Rule That Will Deter Immigrant Families from Needed Health Services

UnidosUS Tool Estimates Who Is at Risk Under New Rule

January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, the Supreme Court granted the Trump administration the ability to enforce the so-called “public charge” rule that will expand the possibility of denying immigrants permanent residency if the government determines they are likely to depend on certain public supports.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 (along ideological lines) to ultimately overturn a federal appeals court injunction of the public charge expansion.

"With a green light from the Supreme Court, the Trump administration has advanced administratively what it couldn’t do through legislation—a frontal attack on the foundation of our legal immigration system. The rule will reshape the immigrant demographics to become both richer and Whiter—unsurprising from an administration that brought us a Muslim ban and calls African and Central American states ‘----hole countries.’ It now puts the health of millions of American children at risk by discouraging their participation in safety net programs they are legally entitled to receive," said Carlos Guevara, a senior policy advisor at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza).

Studies show that anticipation of the rule has already produced a significant chilling impact on individuals—including children—who are eligible to receive preventive health care services. Those concerns have increased after this ruling.

UnidosUS has created an online public charge estimator for those potentially impacted by the new green card rule. Additional resources can be found through our partners at Protecting Immigrant Families.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Michael Krumholtz
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