Resolution opposes implementation of “public charge” immigration rule


Resources available to help people learn if they may be affected

The City Council passed a resolution today opposing the “public charge” immigration rule, which expands the criteria that the federal government can consider in denying immigration status to some people. Learn who is impacted by this rule and where to get more information and advice here and here.  Minneapolis reaffirms its commitment to defend the rights and safety of our immigrant and refugee community.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision Jan. 27 affecting the ability of some people to obtain permanent resident status. The Supreme Court’s decision lifted a nationwide injunction that had prevented the implementation of the “public charge” rule, and now the rule is set to take effect Feb. 24.

“Public charge” is a term used by the Department of Homeland Security to refer to a person considered primarily dependent on the U.S. government for support. The public charge rule issued in August 2019 by the Department of Homeland Security significantly expands the criteria that the government can consider in denying immigration status to some people.

The City of Minneapolis and the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs are committed to ensuring:

  • Minneapolis residents do not withdraw from benefits they qualify for if they’re not affected by the rule.
  • Residents have access to accurate information to make informed decisions.

The City resolution recognizes that many immigrants have come to this country with few resources and yet, over time, have contributed immeasurably to our communities by keeping our public schools open, investing in our commercial corridors, establishing businesses, creating jobs, adding diversity and cultural richness to our neighborhoods and promoting innovations. The public charge rule ignores these contributions by barring all but the wealthy few from participating in our social fabric.

People not affected by the public charge rule include:

U.S. citizens, permanent resident (green card) holders, asylees and refugees (and people applying for permanent residence based upon their asylee and refugee status), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) renewal applicants, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries, Special Immigrant Juveniles, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) beneficiaries, and U and T visa applicants/holders.

Free resources

Anyone can use these free resources to find out if or how the public charge rule may affect them:



Jan. 31, 2020

Published Jan 31, 2020



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