Contra Costa County is committed to being a welcoming county for refugees, immigrants, and all members of our community.


Permanent Blocking of Public Charge Rule

March 9, 2021 Update: The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) public charge rule under the previous administration was permanently blocked. This final federal court ruling restores the United States’ longstanding public charge policy.

Immigration & Public Charge Update (April 2021): ENG | ESP | TAG | FAR | KOR

DHS Secretary Statement on the 2019 Public Charge Rule

Immigration Legal Resource Center Explains the Decision


If you need legal guidance related to immigration, we encourage you to seek guidance from a reputable immigration service provider or an attorney. Below is a partial list** of resources that may be helpful.

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

Bay Area Legal Aid

California Health and Human Services Agency Public Charge Guide

Catholic Charities

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigration Advocates

Keep Your Benefits

Tus Beneficios Públicos

Protecting Immigrant Families

Stand Together Contra Costa

** Inclusion of an organization does not imply endorsement of its services, nor does exclusion reflect on any agency’s contribution to the community.