Catholic Charities USA Reacts with Extreme Disappointment to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on “Public Charge”

Alexandria, Va. (January 27, 2020) – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is extremely disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented ruling in favor of the Administration’s revisions to the “public charge” rule, which harms families, targets lawful immigrants and could prevent families from receiving vital nutrition and housing assistance.

“We implore the Administration to reconsider this harsh and unnecessary policy and rescind it in its entirety,” said CCUSA’s President and CEO Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD.  “By allowing this harmful policy to go into effect, the Administration imposes a chilling effect on access to basic services, creating fear among eligible individuals threatening family unity and stability.  We will be judged on how we treat the hungry, the homeless and the stranger among us and this decision signals a watershed change of course from the best moments of our American heritage of welcoming immigrants and refugees.”


Patricia Cole, VP Communications


Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.