Secretary Vilsack Comments on Public Charge Final Rule

He supports eligible immigrants’ participation in food programs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently voiced his approval of the Final Rule on Public Charge. The Department of Homeland Security published an official update to the public charge rule, which provides the legal definition of who is eligible to apply for and receive non-cash government benefits, which includes many of the USDA’s food programs. This update resumes the inclusion of those living as immigrants in the United States as those eligible for these programs, reversing the policy of President Trump’s administration.

“The rule clarifies and formalizes the policy… definitively allowing eligible immigrants to apply for and receive non-cash government benefits – like SNAP, WIC, and free or reduced-price school meals – without fear of any negative impact on their immigration status,“ Secretary Vilsack said. “This action ensures a fair and faithful interpretation of the law, one that will have a meaningful impact on the immigrant communities and help give them the nourishment to lead happier, healthier lives.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the DHS secretary as he updates immigration policy.
  • For the USDA secretary as he oversees the implementation of food programs and projects.
  • That the president and his immigration advisors as they determine administration policies.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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