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Upcoming Webinars on Public Charge (10/31) and How to File Comments (10/29); City of Boston Impact Analysis

Thanks to all who attended Tuesday's Boston SNAP Coalition and special thanks to MLRI's Immigration Fellow, Mario Paredes for joining us to present information on the proposed "public charge" changes that can harm immigrant families.  

Please remember and repeat these two key points:  

  1. These are proposed rules, nothing has changed - but YOU can submit comments and help others file comments too! See attached Call to Action memo. 
  2. Many immigrants are not subject to "public charge" screenings at all.  The current and proposed public charge rules are complicated - so get the facts before advising anyone to stop receiving benefits they need and are eligible to receive.  Attached are two fliers from our national counterparts and more resources HERE.

Please check out the following webinars and Impact analysis. And please contact MLRI or your local legal services if you have questions or concerns about what you are seeing in your community.  We can connect you with the right folks who can advise.

Protecting Immigrant Families:  Webinar on How to Submit Public Comments   – Monday, October 29th from 12:00-12:45pm EST: This MLRI hosted webinar will help you navigate the process of submitting comments on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) harmful proposed public charge rules. This webinar is geared towards individuals and organizations that do not have extensive experience in submitting comments to government agencies. In order to join the webinar, please register in the google form here  - slots available on a first come, first serve basis.  MLRI will send you the log in information and will continue to update you throughout the public commenting period. 

Public Charge 101 – National Webinar – Wednesday, October 31 st from 1:00-2:00pm EST: The National Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign is hosting  another webinar that describes public charge policy today, how it would change under the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal, and what you need to know if you work with immigrant families. This is an excellent webinar tailored for organizations working directly immigrant community where you will learn who is even subject to the “public charge” process, who is exempt, and how you can best advise families so that they do not panic or drop their benefits based on incomplete or erroneous information.  Registration is required- register here:

City of Boston’s Impact Analysis of the proposed public charge rules on Boston:  In following up to Tuesday’s SNAP Coalition, the Boston Public Health Commission staff sent on this  link to a detailed impact analysis the Boston Planning and Development Agency  recently released identifying the many ways the proposed USCIS public charge rules will harm City of Boston residents if implemented.  This analysis may be useful to share with your municipalities to draw attention to this important issue and the harsh long and short term economic, health care and human impacts of the proposed rule.    

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