Public Charge Information

October 24, 2018

One of our members, Linh Chuong, created these infographics to explain the proposed public charge rule and how important it is for us to all submit our comments to oppose it. Please disseminate.

PDF versions are available here and here.

Vietnamese PDF version is available here.

My Take: Am I a burden on America?

My Take: Am I a burden on America?

October 18, 2018
David Duong, PIVOT member
I grew up in an immigrant family: We were poor and on welfare.

My family immigrated to Holland, Michigan, from war-torn Vietnam in 1991. Our story relied heavily on the generosity of the American people and her government. Our plane tickets from Vietnam to America were purchased with a loan from the government that my parents paid back in monthly installments of $50 over five years.

For 1.5 years, we rented a home that was government subsidized. We were nourished because of the multi-colored food stamps that my mother used at Meijer. I received free hot lunches from Van Raalte Elementary school. Medicaid helped pay for our visits to the doctor. After my sister was born, through the Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) food subsidy program my mom bought fresh fruit, milk, cereal and cheese for our family. Looking back, I wonder what we would have done without these critical government subsidies. We were a burden on America during our initial three years here — my family was a public charge, we used public resources.

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PIVOT Endorses My-Linh Thai for Washington State Legislature

PIVOT Endorses My-Linh Thai for Washington State Legislature

October 9, 2018
PIVOT is proud to endorse My-Linh Thai in her race to represent Washington State Legislative District 41, Position 2.  As a Vietnamese refugee who fled to the United States in 1983 at the age of 15 and a proud public school graduate, My-Linh understands the critical role that supportive teachers and counselors played in her educational and professional development. She first ran for Bellevue School Board Director in 2013 to help create a supportive environment that enables all children to develop to their full potential. Currently, she serves as Bellevue School Board President and Vice President for the Washington State School Directors Association. She is now running to be a state representative to continue to serve her community and it remains a welcoming one that celebrates diversity and protects the rights of all people to thrive. Her priorities include funding public education, protecting the environment, and building a community that centers equity, affordability, and sustainability. Learn more about My-Linh or find ways to support her by visiting her website.

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Trump's Public Charge Rule May Prevent Immigrants From Becoming Legal Permanent Residents

Trump's Public Charge Rule May Prevent Immigrants From Becoming Legal Permanent Residents

September 21, 2018
Dr. Tung Nguyen, PIVOT President 
When I was young, I worked in my parents’ Vietnamese grocery store in San Jose, California. Most of the Vietnamese shoppers paid with Food Stamps. As a doctor, most of my Vietnamese American patients are covered by Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers their children. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese Americans have benefited from these federal government programs, which allowed us to live and raise our children to be successful and to contribute to America. That is why PIVOT is very concerned about a proposed federal regulation called “Public Charge,” which will be used to prevent anyone who uses any of these programs from getting legal permanent resident status, or “green card.”

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