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The public charge rule is a racist and cruel attack against immigrants

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump-Pence administration’s Department of Homeland Security released its final public charge rule, a harmful rule designed to keep families separated and to dissuade immigrants from accessing health care and meeting other basic needs. Under this new rule, people could be denied visas, green cards, and entry into the U.S. simply because they have received any one of a broad range of public benefits they are legally allowed to access, including health care, nutrition assistance, and housing assistance. The rule will likely take effect on or around October 15, 2019.

Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

This is a racist and cruel attack against immigrants, on the heels of massive raids that have torn apart families, and racist and hateful rhetoric from the president himself. These relentless attacks on immigrants by the Trump-Pence administration have contributed to a culture of fear in immigrant communities, and keep far too many from seeking the health care they need.

No one’s health or safety should be at risk because of their immigration status. If this harmful rule goes into effect, it would have a devastating impact on millions of people including our patients. Planned Parenthood is committed to standing with all immigrants. Living in a safe and healthy environment alongside their family is part of living a healthy, complete life.

This administration is punishing people simply for taking care of their health, for feeding their families, or for putting a roof over their heads. This is inhumane. No person should be punished for meeting their basic needs, or for caring for their families.


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.