Immigrants are a benefit, not a burden

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Trump wants to change the rules so that more people accessing basic services will be considered a “public charge,” as in, a burden on the public.  

As employers and allies of the largely immigrant domestic workforce, this means that the government is saying that the very people who support our lives and make our homes, families, or careers viable are a burden on society.

The government is accepting public comments right now.  Make your voice heard now!

Tips for writing your comment

1) Start with: "I object to this rule change because..."

2) Share how these regulations would harm you, your family or your community by:

  • Blocking people from coming to the US if their family has used basic public services.

  • Scaring people from accessing services for which they’ve paid in taxes (See what other domestic employers have said below.)

  • Preventing people with pre-existing conditions or disabilities from accessing the services they need.

  • Stopping immigrant homecare attendants from coming to the U.S. to provide care for our families


3) Stay focused on the regulations and avoid making other suggestions.


Trump is launching a multi-prong attack, threatening to change a regulation that will hurt immigrants by punishing people for accessing  basic services.

This regulation is called “public charge” and if the rule change takes effect, it will:

  • Separate families by denying entry to anyone who has applied for a green card if their family has used public programs for nutrition, housing and health care.

  • Make families in the United States afraid to participate in programs that support these basic needs even though these same families’ tax dollars fund the programs.

  • Send a message to people with disabilities and people with pre-existing conditions that they are not welcome here and cut them off from programs and services they need.

  • And if you work with a homecare worker or need to hire one, these regulations would stop many immigrant workers from coming to the U.S.,creating a crisis in the face of a severe shortage of family caregivers. [1]


What other domestic employers have said

"It is a disgrace to punish anyone for utilizing a system that was set up to help them. Health care, and other public services help the most vulnerable in our society. This new tactic is cruel and heartless, right in line with this administrations other actions against immigrants. It is our duty, as a nation of immigrants, to stop demonizing people, and focus on real issues" — Raina Blyer

The cruel public charge rule is an attack on immigrant families and could happen if there is not enough sustained public outcry. Please speak out in any way you can as a way to stand with immigrant families. This administration's latest dehumanizing assault on immigrant families with public charge undermines the fundamental values of this country. This is a country of immigrants. Trump himself married a first generation immigrant. His son is the son of an immigrant. The cruel ruling on public charge is a crime against families and children and goes against everything that has made this country thrive." — Idra Novey


"As a new mother, it is important to me that my children get the best care possible. That means that I have a responsibility to be a good employer to our nanny, who happens to be an immigrant. When immigrants are under attack in the current political climate, it's our responsibility to step up and fight back. Domestic work is hard and important work; the work and the workers should be respected and valued. That means learning how to be a good boss and it also means resisting the Trump administration's attacks on immigrants." —Rosa Squillacote

“These are difficult times, more so as our society is getting older. Now more than ever we need to provide more care to keep the elderly at home, as independent as possible and with the dignity they deserve. Our relatives, for example, who receive home care would be directly impacted by this rule change as the workers who provide their care are mostly immigrants. We, wholeheartedly, oppose this rule change that only adds to the many inhumane policies, impacting mainly families in the immigrant communities, that would prevent them from accessing  basic services, that hurts those with pre-existing conditions and or disabilities, and that could potentially block immigrant home-care attendants from coming to the US.” — Pati Aranibar and Jorge Fernandez (employer of home care attendants)


I Pledge to Show Up for Immigrants and Refugees

I believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.  I pledge to support immigrants and refugees who are being targeted by the administration. Count on me to act when there is a need for rapid response.

In signing this pledge, you will be invited to participate in rallies, actions, letters of support, and to donate to organizations supporting immigrants and refugees.

Plan A Playdate Protest to Fight For Immigrant Families


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Write Letters to Kids

While we're protesting and fighting to free and reunite separated immigrant children and their parents, we also want to let the children still in detention centers know we are thinking of them and fighting on their behalf.

Write a letter yourself or make a family project out of it.

The pages below are for children of all ages to write letters to or simply color pictures for migrant children who are still in detention.

Wondering how to discuss such a challenging topic with your child(ren)? Read our conversation with psychologist and activist Lisa Nakamura.

Here's how send your letter: 

  • Write a letter or print out one of the coloring pages below for a kid to make a letter or card
  • Take a picture of or scan it and email it to us at sanctuaryhomes@domesticemployers.org or
  • Post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #letterstochildren

We'll forward them to centers where children are still being held.