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Protecting Families Campaign

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

On October 10, the “public charge” rule was published in the Federal Register for public comment. This rule would make people choose between the things they need and the people they love, while favoring the wealthiest in our immigration system.

Across the nation, advocates, providers and communities are pushing back against an unnecessary immigration policy that would worsen the well-being, health and stabilities of millions of children and families. Alongside over 1,500 organizations nationwide, SCG signed onto the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign statement opposing the rule. 

Together with Philanthropy California, SCG is launching a #ProtectFamilies campaign to urge the Southern California philanthropy sector to oppose the rule by submitting a unique comment to the Federal Register. Philanthropy’s voice is critical to building the body of evidence as to why the proposed rule will have lasting negative consequences for our society, our economy and our communities. 

In collaboration with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Philanthropy California will provide members with resources, talking points and guidance for submitting public comments. SCG will also provide individual assistance to members who are interested in submitting a comment opposing the proposed rule.  Please note: Submitting comments as part of the rule-making process is not lobbying and permissible for private foundations. Our goal is to generate 20 unique comments in 60 days! 

As three foundation leaders recently wrote in the following op-ed, “Philanthropy cannot afford to stand on the sidelines.” Your voice matters—join us in standing up for our deepest values and for all of our communities. 



submit a comment

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Karla Mercado, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Philanthropy California, at [email protected].


SCG's Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Members: 

  • California Health Care Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Latino Community Foundation
  • Women's Foundation of California


Learn More About Public Charge

Watch this video explaining the public charge rule and why it is major threat to immigrant families: