DAI Educates, Mobilizes Around Impact of Proposed Changes to"Public Charge"

In fall of 2018, the federal government proposed redefining who might be considered a “public charge” -- a federal designation for people it believes are overly dependent on federally-funded social services.  Under proposed changes, immigrants who are "likely at any time" to become a public charge could be ineligible to get visas and green cards that give them legal permanent residency.

Dallas Area Interfaith soon began receiving calls from parents of US-born children who stopped getting medical care and nutrition assistance for their kids.  In response, DAI began organizing parish-based efforts to educate and urge the public to weigh in on the proposed changes . 

“We have already heard stories of parents un-enrolling their kids from CHIP,” Lead Organizer Josephine Lopez-Paul said.  “It is another piece in building a culture of fear.”

It is through congregation-based relationships and networks that DAI is educating the public about ways to take action on this issue.     

[Photo Credit: Obed Manual, Dallas Morning News]

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