News that the Trump Administration had decided to finalize the Public Charge Rule has hit our community hard. This decision essentially forces immigrant families to choose between getting the food they need through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or CalFresh in California) or jeopardizing their chance to remain legally in the U.S. Many of these people will choose to suffer without food. It’s objectionable that we as a country offer benefits like SNAP only to have our own government discourage hard working, well-meaning people from using them.
Read more from our Executive Director Paul Ash on the subject of Public Charge in this Op-Ed that was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, August 15th