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UPDATE: Public Charge

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that upheld the preliminary injunctions from lower federal district courts that had put a hold on implementing the Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule. If the decision stands, the injunctions would be reinstated in California meaning that the Trump administration’s public charge rule would no longer be implemented. But, as yet, the injunctions are not yet back in effect. USCIS has not updated its public website to reflect this decision. It is important to watch for updates on how the agency will implement this injunction and whether they will challenge it.

Please continue to check back here for resources and updates from TCP and our partners.

An Informed Community Is A Strong Community

Public Charge: Will It Affect Me?


Use our roadmap to find out if you would be affected by public charge:

You’ll also notice a blank space on the fact sheet. Feel free to add a sticker with your local legal resources or other up-to-date messages for your community!

Public Charge Toolkit


We are excited to share a new toolkit to help you better understand public charge and  help you bring this information to the schools and communities you work with. 

We recognize that public charge is a complicated issue, that there is a lot of misinformation out there, and that a lot is changing rapidly. In each community there are trusted messengers to bring information to families, and we want to help you prepare, have the most updated information, and share tools that have proven successful in educating partners and communities on this important and complex issue. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find in the toolkit:

  • Public Charge Road Map 
  • Talking Points
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Template Emails 
  • Resources 
  • And more tools…

To access the toolkit, please fill out the following form:

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Additional Resources


Over the last year and a half, we have worked with national, state and local partners to advocate against changes to the public charge rule, stay updated, create supportive messaging and tools, and educate and empower families. Our materials are based on verified information developed by our partners. You can learn more from visiting the sites below.