The Nexus of Healthcare and Education
New changes to an immigration rule known as “the public charge rule” have made it more difficult for immigrants to obtain a green card if they use certain public benefits.
“With all the complexities and policy changes in the past few years regarding citizenship requirements and public charge, I, like so many others, am confused about the current policy,” explains Mike. He is frustrated that he is unable to advise families on how to navigate that process. Instead, Mike focuses his energies on the one area of their lives he can make the greatest difference – their children’s education; “For the children, the routine of being in the classroom during the school week and in aftercare helps provide a sense of normalcy,” he says.
The current administration's change to the public charge rule in immigration proceedings victimizes those who are most vulnerable. The children of immigrant families, whose success in school depends in no small part on their own good health, are among the many casualties of the rule. For without the ability to stay healthy, how will these young citizens have a fair shot at the American dream?
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