September 9, 2019 – The Arc and seventeen other national disability advocacy groups filed an amicus brief in support of litigation to stop the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing its new “public charge” rule. The advocacy groups – representing tens of thousands of people with disabilities and their families across the country – claim that the new public charge rule will prevent people with disabilities from entering this country or becoming legal residents in violation of federal disability law.
Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc said, “This new policy is devastating to many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It discourages immigrant families from utilizing critical public services out of fear of harming their immigration status. The rule will increase poverty, hurt public health, and worsen housing instability. It’s the latest callous tactic in restricting access to necessary services and supports. The Arc continues our work to ensure that non-citizens with any type of disability have a fair opportunity to enter and reside legally in the U.S., without unnecessary or discriminatory restrictions based on their disability.”
Read more about the brief here: https://thearc.org/disability-advocacy-groups-file-amicus-brief-opposing-the-administrations-public-charge-rule-as-illegal-disability-discrimination/?fbclid=IwAR3R7sZtgmJLY-oBfYaOcNvSHdy1g0immdP_x9ZMTvJauu-ORj2Hpf40Bxg
September 11, 2019 – The California Health and Human Services Agency responds to the rule by issuing an up to date public charge guide available here. This guide is a vital resource for those who think this rule may affect them and anyone working with people with disabilities and their families in the state of California.