UPDATE (2/25/2020): The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote will allow the Trump administration to implement the final public charge rule pending a final outcome of the court cases challenging this rule. The rule will be implemented in every state. As shared previously, for individuals who are subject to consular processing outside of the U.S., recent changes to the public charge rule as issued by the Department of State continue to be in effect. This notice will be updated regularly.
The U.S. government recently proposed changes to its public charge rule. Because of these proposed changes, migrant people living with and at risk for HIV may be fearful of using public benefits, including HIV services. Because these communities lack accurate information about how this rule change may place their family at risk for deportation or hurt their chances of gaining lawful immigration status, further resources are necessary and will be shared here as they are updated.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has shared a list of legal providers across the state that may help individuals determine whether the public charge rule applies to individuals and their family members. This resource can be accessed here https://www.cdss.ca.gov/benefits-services/more-services/immigration-services/immigration-services-contractors/public-charge-contact-list.
Another resource made available by policy advocates is an online and text-based tool for individuals to determine whether the public charge rule applies. It can be accessed here https://www.keepyourbenefitsca.org/en or by texting the word “benefits” (for English) , “libre” (for Spanish), “福利” (Chinese) or “lợiích” (Vietnamese) to 650-376-8006.
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