Protect Immigrant Children by Sharing Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule!:  

A new proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security would greatly expand what it means to be a public charge, and would drastically reshape who we welcome in our society. The proposed rule would affect lawfully present immigrants seeking to become LPRs or “green card” holders and individuals seeking to immigrate to the U.S. It would place a higher value on those who are affluent, shutting out hard-working immigrants and their families. With one in four American children having at least one immigrant parent, this issue touches millions.

Use these resources as you prepare your comments, and to consider hosting an event to share needs and gather comments!

To Submit Your Comments Online NO LATER THAN DEC. 10, go to: 

OR go directly to:
(Note that you can copy and paste in your comments, and also can paste them in as a pdf.)

To Submit Hard Copy Comments NO LATER THAN DEC. 10, mail to:

Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140.

You MUST include your first and last name and the DOCKET #: DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012.

Note: PLEASE EMAIL TO–whether you submit online or via mail–to let us know you have submitted a comment, and send a copy–as we are tracking faith comments!

Talking about Public Charge from a Faith Perspective

Use these suggestions to inspire you to make the points that matter & connect most to your beliefs:

• The proposed change to public charge is another way a punitive immigration system can harm immigrants.
Even before implementation, fears of the changes have led many immigrants to withdraw from the few
resources for which immigrant families are eligible.
• Our faith calls us to stand up for people and families facing persecution and oppression at the hands of the
powerful. As Christians, we believe that all people are created in God’s image, regardless of their wealth or background.
• This proposal would create an immigration system that favors the wealthy, and would eliminate hard
working families who are building their future.
• This proposal would force families to choose between being together with stability and meeting basic
human needs like food and medical care.
• The proposed changes will also affect U.S. citizens who are part of mixed immigration status families,
including kids and pregnant women who are in families that use these programs to fulfill basic needs.

Questions?  Contact Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, RIM Director, at: or   202-957-7826.