Protect All Our Families: Voices for Utah Children Opposes Proposed Trump ‘Public Charge’ Rule

24 September 2018 Written by  

Regardless of where we were born, we all deserve to be healthy and safe. But the Trump Administration has just proposed a new administrative rule that threatens the wellbeing of immigrant families. Over the weekend, the Administration issued the text of a new ‘public charge’ rule that, if enacted, would discourage immigrants and their families from asking for help from programs that improve access to health care, food, and other basic human needs. This rule will make Utah a less healthy, less safe and less welcoming place to live for all of us. We must protect Utah families and stop this proposed rule from becoming a permanent policy. Over the next several days and weeks, we will share opportunities to take action to protect our fellow Utahns’s health and safety. You will soon be able to add your voice to millions of others urging the Administration to withdraw this dangerous proposal.

What can you do now? Speak up! Spread the word, using the hashtag #ProtectFamilies! Together, we will demand humane immigration reform that protects our children and strengthens our communities.


JessieJessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, Jessie was a Senior Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, where she focused on nutrition and Out of School Time areas. Jessie also worked as a policy researcher in Johannesburg, South Africa and oversaw a CDC grant for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she worked with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network. Jessie has a Master's degree in Public Heath from Portland State University and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.