On Monday, January 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of a controversial immigration policy that would expand the government's ability to refuse green cards or visas for legal immigrants determined to be a "public charge.” Public charge is the term used to refer to an individual who is primarily dependent upon the federal government for subsistence. Under the public charge rule, federal officials have more power to deny visas and green card applications from immigrants and prospective immigrants whom the government determines rely, or could rely on, certain public benefits like food stamps or government housing programs.
We'd like to let our DUSD families know that public education, including school nutrition programs, are exempt from the “public charge” rule. Families should not fear sending their children to school or having them receive meals or other services while at school.
According to a statement made by Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, L. Karen Monroe, "The school districts of Alameda County remain wholly committed to and supportive of access to services for the students and families in our educational communities. We also support the social services agencies of our county, which are dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of our most vulnerable populations, including those in the immigrant community unjustly targeted by the change in the “ public charge” rule."
You can access public charge and immigration resources here by the Alameda County Office of Education. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s administration team.
Dave Marken Ed. D. Superintendent Dublin Unified School District