Twitter logo An icon denoting a twitter profile name or link to Twitter LinkedIn logo An icon denoting a LinkedIn profile or link to LinkedIn Facebook logo An icon denoting a Facebook profile or link to Facebook YouTube logo An icon denoting a YouTube profile or link to YouTube RSS Icon Facebook Icon Google Plus Icon Twitter Icon Instagram Icon YouTube Icon LinkedIn Icon Pinterest Icon Vine Icon Tumblr Icon Telephone An icon of a telephone representing phone numbers Checkmark An icon of a checkmark External Link An icon denoting a link to an external website Email An icon denoting a mailto: link Download An icon denoting a download link Menu Options An icon denoting a dropdown menu Menu Icon File Link An icon denoting a link to a report or file Back Arrow An icon denoting a link back to a parent section Next Icon Previous Icon Search Icon Play Icon Play Icon (Alternate) Academic Assistance Icon Academic Difficulties Icon Advocate Icon Basic Needs Icon Behavioral Interventions Icon Bullying Icon College and Career Prep Icon Enrichment Icon Family Engagement Icon Health Care Icon Incareration Icon Life Skills Icon Mental Health Icon Neglect Icon Physical Health Icon Service Learning Icon Memorial Giving Icon Planned Giving Icon Workplace Giving Icon Stocks and Assets Icon Corporations Icon Foundations Icon Donate Icon Volunteer Icon

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS RESPONDS TO CHANGE IN “PUBLIC CHARGE RULE”

By Steve Majors Aug. 15, 2019

The national office of Communities In Schools (CIS) - the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school - today expressed strong disapproval of the change in the public charge rule, which aims to deny permanent legal status to those immigrants who access critical social services for themselves and their families.

“As the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of in-school supports, we are extremely disappointed in the Administration’s decision to implement a policy that threatens the economic security and emotional well-being of some of the nation’s most vulnerable students,” said Communities In Schools National Office President & CEO Dale Erquiaga. “Many of the young people we support come from immigrant families who need food assistance, housing vouchers, Medicaid and prescription drug benefits.

This policy means those students may return to school this fall feeling less secure about their basic needs being met and worried about the ability of their parents to secure permanent legal status in this country. Actions like these rob children of their sense of security and can create a learning environment filled with fear and stress. Organizations like ours will need to work closely with schools to be sure the conditions for learning continue to support academic success for all, even when some will be facing added levels of anxiety. "