Florida Health Justice Project opposes the new "public charge" immigration rules that control how the use of public benefits affects an immigrant's legal status. For the first time, immigration officials will consider the use of critical non-cash benefits intended to safeguard the health, nutrition, housing and economic security of America's low-income families in making public charge determinations. States with large immigrant populations like Florida will be disproportionately impacted.
Since early 2018, in collaboration with local and national partners, FHJP led advocacy efforts in Florida to oppose the rule via submission of public comments. Prior to the rule’s release, we worked with Miami-Dade County Commissioners on a resolution opposing the administration’s draft proposal. The resolution, citing FHJP’s research, was adopted unanimously and shared as a national model.
FHJP is now working with national, state, and local partners to educate the public about the rule. We are holding a series of workshops in the Miami, Tampa, and Orlando areas to train advocates and others who serve Florida’s immigrant communities about the new rule and its impact on immigrant families. Please stay tuned to this page for details about trainings scheduled over the coming weeks and months.