SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement today after the Trump administration announced a new public charge rule that targets vulnerable immigrant families:
“This is a reckless policy that targets the health and well-being of immigrant families and communities of color, with widespread implications for our state’s health care, housing and affordability.
“We are actively reviewing the details to determine next steps, but for now, I remind immigrant families to empower themselves with qualified legal advice to understand whether the rule could affect them.
“Our state will always stand solidly behind all Californians regardless of their immigration status.”
The final rule is not currently effective. It will be effective 60 days after date of publication in the federal register. The 2019-2020 state budget includes a total of $65 million ongoing to support qualified nonprofit organizations that provide a broad array of qualified immigration services. A list of immigration providers is available here.