LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Important Public Benefit Information for the Immigrant
Join Us for a Virtual Session
Friday, October 9, 2020
RSVP to Magda.Gomez@tri-c.edu by October 5, 2020
(Zoom link will be provided upon confirmation)
Sept. 18, 2020: The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
cordially invites all of our Bienvenidos a Cleveland partner
organizations to attend an important informational session
on the topic of public charge.
For over 100 years, whenever an immigrant has applied to enter
the U.S. or stay in the country permanently, an immigration
official has evaluated whether the immigrant is likely to become
a “public charge” (someone who depends on the government for
their basic needs). If the official determines that the
immigrant is a public charge, they may not be able to emigrate
to the U.S.
A new public charge rule went into effect this year.
Under this new rule, immigration officials can look at many
aspects of the immigrant’s life, including his or her income,
assets, credit score, education, work history, ability to speak
English, and past receipt of public benefits.
As you can imagine, there is no more pressing time than during
this COVID-19 pandemic and the beginning of a new school
year for everyone to be able to access healthcare, testing,
treatment and vaccinations. Unfortunately, fear of being a
public charge have deterred many families from obtaining
critical public benefits such as Medicaid and SNAP (formerly
known as Food Stamps) during these difficult times. Notably,
public charge DOES NOT apply to all immigrants.
Please join this session to find out more details and raise
awareness of this important issue.
RSVP by October 5, 2020
Please feel free to share this invitation.
Please visit www.tri-c.edu/bienvenidosacle for
community-based resources welcoming individuals and families to
Magda Gómez, Ed.D.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Cuyahoga Community College – Jerry Sue Thornton Center