News Release

Trump Ramps Up Attack on the Latino Community Through Unjust, Bigoted and Counterproductive Public Charge Rule

August 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday the Trump administration released the final version of the so-called “public charge” rule. According to UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), the new rule is unjust, bigoted and counterproductive, as it would effectively impose a wealth test on immigrant families seeking to obtain permanent residency and threaten to undercut the health and well-being of U.S. citizen children living in mixed-status households.

A recent report found that undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen children are 9.6 percent less likely to get preventive health care services for their children when they are told about proposed changes to the public charge rule. Furthermore, 12.8 percent are less likely to reach out to public health centers to seek free immunization services, such as flu shots, for their U.S. citizen children. Under the rule, families could face foregoing vital health and nutrition services out of fear it may jeopardize their ability to get a green card.

“The lengths that this administration will go to instill fear and chaos in our community has no bounds. The administration is doubling down on its attack against Latinos, first with the Mississippi raids last week and now with the so-called “public charge” rule. Let’s be clear: this is about restricting legal immigration and puts the health and well-being of millions of American children at risk. It’s even worse that this is happening on the heels of the El Paso shooting, one of the most depraved acts of violence targeting Latinos,” said Carlos Guevara, Senior Policy Advisor at UnidosUS.

Unidos was one of the organizations that mobilized comments against the rule. Despite the fact that the vast majority of comments opposed the regulation, the rule is scheduled to be published on Wednesday in the Federal Register and is expected to go into effect on October 15.

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 and Twitter.