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.”



A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at