ASIA, Inc. Hosts Community Town Hall On Public Charge

For Immediate Release
October 25, 2018

Asian Services In Action, Inc.
3631 Perkins Ave., Ste. 2A-W
Cleveland, OH 44114

Contact: Melissa Gawelek, Legal Services Manager
(216) 881-0330 (office)

ASIA, Inc. Hosts Community Town Hall On Public Charge

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) will host a community town hall to discuss the potential changes to “public charge”. The town hall will be streaming live on ASIA, Inc.’s Facebook account, Asian Services In Action – ASIA, starting at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

The town hall will discuss the public charge rule including possible changes in how the use of Federally-supported health programs, such as ASIA, Inc.’s International Community Health Center (ASIA-ICHC), could impact a legal immigrant’s to become a Legal Permanent Resident (i.e., Green Card holder). The town hall will feature speakers from ASIA, Inc.’s Immigration Legal Services team as well as the Policy-Advocacy team.

Part of federal immigration law for over a hundred years, the “public charge” test is designed to identify people who may depend on the government as their main source of support. If the government determines that a person is likely to become a “public charge,” it can deny a person admission to the U.S. or lawful permanent residence (or “green card” status). The White House is now proposing to change this long-standing policy by broadly expanding the forms of public assistance counted when making a “public charge” determination. This would force immigrant families to make an impossible choice between meeting basic needs and keeping their families together in this country.

For more information about the Public Charge rule, contact Melissa Gawelek at or 216-881-0330.