Submitting Comments Is Easy As 1, 2, 3

Submitting Comments Is Easy As 1, 2, 3

NOVEMBER 2018 | Versión en español


Prepared by Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign staff


When someone applies for a visa to enter the U.S. or for lawful permanent resident status (to get a “green card”), a U.S. government official looks at the person’s life circumstances to see if the person is likely to depend on the government for support in the future. In other words, to see whether the person is likely to become a “public charge.” If they are deemed likely to become a “public charge” in the future, their application can be denied. The government is proposing to change the public charge policy dramatically, to make it more difficult for low- and moderate-income families to come to and stay in the U.S. Before these proposed “public charge” rules can be finalized, the government is required by law to review and respond to every unique public comment it receives about the proposed rule. There’s still time to submit comments expressing your views on this issue. Submitting comments is easy as 1, 2, 3!

STEP 1: Start writing your comment now.

You have until December 10 to submit your comment, but you should start writing it now. You want to provide yourself with enough time to find the words, data, and information you need to express your opposition to the proposed rule. Keep in mind that all comments must be in English. Make sure you use your own words and try making your comment as personalized as possible. If you do not want to include any personal information, you can submit a comment anonymously or ask a friend or representative to submit a comment for you. Your comments should explain how discouraging the use of these public services would harm you, your family, your organization, or your community. Here are some points to consider:

  • I oppose the Department of Homeland Security’s shameful proposed rule change to “public charge.” The proposed policy will make immigrant families afraid to access essential health, nutrition, and shelter programs. By forcing choices no family should have to make, it puts our whole country at risk.
  • If finalized, the rule would impact millions of immigrant families hoping to secure their permanent future in this country. States and localities would also be negatively impacted, due to decreased participation in programs that improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
  • The Trump administration should immediately withdraw its proposal. How you live your life and contribute to your community should define you in this country, not how you look or how much money you have.
  • Children and older adults are a vibrant and essential part of America, but the “public charge” regulation ignores their value and, worse, jeopardizes their health and future in this country.
  • The administration’s heartless changes to the “public charge” rule would send the message that people who aren’t wealthy are not welcome in the U.S.
  • The Trump administration’s rule change is a matter of life and death — threatening the health of millions who receive critical care through programs like Medicaid.
  • Trump’s unfair public charge regulation would dismiss people with disabilities and with preexisting conditions, cutting them off from programs and services they need while creating a system that heavily favors the wealthy.

STEP 2: Carefully review the comment you are submitting.

Make sure you are using your own words. The government can choose to ignore duplicate comments. The points above are meant to inspire your writing, not to be copied.

STEP 3: Submit your comment and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

Please submit comments using the PIF Campaign’s “take action” portal at https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/#take-action. Cut and paste your personalized comment into the text box. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may type “ANONYMOUS” in the box that asks for your name. You can share the link on social media to encourage others to do the same. You can also encourage others to submit comments. Consider taking time during Thanksgiving dinner or hosting a separate gathering to have people work on comments together.


The information in this document was prepared by the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign, which is co-chaired by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).