What do you need to know about Public Charge?
Help us get accurate information to our families about the public charge rule! Please review and distribute the multilingual flyers.
This information is intended to be a resource for families; it is not legal advice.
Make a Plan:
- You can take important steps now to prepare for an emergency situation. Make sure you have provided the most up-to-date information on your schools' emergency card, including multiple adults that could potentially pick a child up from school.
- In addition, review a sample Family Preparedness Plan (from Immigrant Legal Resource Center) and use to create your own: English, Spanish, Chinese.
Know Your Rights:
- Do not answer questions without a lawyer: If you are undocumented, have a pending immigration case in court, or are being questioned about a person in such a situation, you should give your true and correct name but should not answer any other questions.
- Do not open the door unless the officer/agent shows you a warrant: You do not have to open the door for an immigration agent unless they slip an arrest warrant that has your name or is signed by a judge or magistrate under the door. If you are detained, you will be allowed to make a phone call so memorize a number you can call.
- Keep a Red Card with you: Regardless of immigration status, all people have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. Print red cards from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and use the guidance on them to assert your rights in situations such as if ICE agents go to your home.
Legal Resource Guides:
Mental Health Information
- USC’s Guide “Facing the Fear of Deportation” by MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California
Know Your Rights: Printable Documents
- Red Cards: print out your constitutional rights and learn how to use the cards when confronted by immigration officials.
- What to do if ICE comes to your door: print out pocket cards in English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin and Korean
Expert Advice & Resources for Undocumented College Students
Learn more about tuition and enrollment policies, financial aid and scholarships, and get expert advice on how to overcome legal and financial barriers in this Guide for Undocumented College Students from Affordable Colleges Online.