Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Supreme Court’s Decision on Federal Public Charge Rule

“We are disappointed in today’s decision by the Supreme Court to lift the nationwide injunction on the implementation of the federal public charge rule. In California, we continue to oppose any changes to the federal public charge policy that would restrict access to vital social programs or that would require families across California to make an impossible choice between taking public assistance to meet their basic needs and their ability to stay together. We are committed to building a California that is inclusive of all our neighbors.

We are assessing impact on our immigrant families accessing critical social programs and services and will issue further guidance soon. In the meantime, please contact an immigration attorney to determine if the changes would apply to you. The final rule would not apply to all immigrants or all government programs. You can find a list of nonprofit organizations providing free legal immigration services on the California Department of Social Services website, here.

We will continue to keep the public informed and work with our partners to make sure those who have the potential to be impacted have the resources and information they need.”

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement after today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the public charge rule that targets low-income immigrant families. The statement is available here.

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