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SVCF Convening on "Public Charge"

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 -
11:30am to 2:00pm PST
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
1300 S El Camino Real #100 | San Mateo, CA 94402
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The Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NCG, in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute, invites advocates, funders, policy makers, and community stakeholders to join us on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 11:30 AM-2:00PM for a convening on the impact of the proposed “public charge” rule that was recently issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During this session, we will explore new data on the impacts of this ruling, should it go into effect. Lunch will be provided to attendees.


On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that would greatly expand the grounds on which immigrants could be considered a “public charge” for immigration purposes. If adopted, the rule would prevent many immigrants from obtaining permanent residence (i.e., a Green Card) for a visa if they have recently used certain public benefits, or if immigration officers determine they are likely to do so in the future. The rule represents a sharp shift from existing policy.

Join Us To:

  • Share data prepared by Migration Policy Institute on the impact of the proposed ruling on 9 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma) – analysis will be provided for each individual county
  • Set the proposed public charge policy in historical context and within the context of the Trump administration’s broader immigration agenda
  • Discuss the rule’s key provisions, how they differ from current policy; and explore who will be affected and when
  • Explore the rule’s potential impacts on immigrant families’ use of public benefits, their ability to adjust status, and the rule’s implication for future immigration flows
  • Suggest next steps in responding to the proposal and strategies to consider concerning its future implementation


Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of U.S. Immigration Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute

Doris Meissner is the former Commissioner of the INS (1993-2000). The 1999 rule on public charge that currently governs was developed during her tenure

Ignatius Bau, Health policy consultant and former program director at The California Endowment

Ignatius Bau previous worked as a civil rights and immigration law attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Fix, Senior Fellow and former president of Migration Policy Institute

Michael Fix has co-authored a number of studies of the public charge policy changes in the Trump Administration. He edited a major volume on the experience of immigrants following welfare reform

Hope Nakamura, Directing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Hope Nakamura manages the Linking Immigrants to Benefits, Resources, and Education (LIBRE) project, a collaborative that has educated the San Mateo County immigrant community about public charge issues since 2010 


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