Discriminatory changes to the Department of Homeland Security’s regulations about the U.S. immigration process went into effect last Monday, sending a surge of fear, and negative health consequences, across communities of color and immigrants living on low income.
The Colorado Health Foundation strongly opposes this new rule, commonly referred to as “public charge,” because it directly contradicts our cornerstones centered on creating health equity. These policy changes roll back progress Colorado has made to bring health in reach for historically marginalized and underserved people.
This Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like
While the public charge test has been around a long time to estimate an immigrant’s need for public assistance, the federal government’s latest changes significantly broaden the factors