Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Update on “Public Charge” Rule Affecting Immigrants

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized a new rule that would change “public charge” policies, expanding the conditions under which DHS could reject green cards for those who are deemed likely to become dependent on government aid, including public health and nutritional benefits. This move is antithetical to UCSF’s values of health equality and dignity of all people.

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement yesterday, saying this new rule “sends a detrimental message internationally — that the United States does not want other countries to send their best and brightest here to study and add to the intellectual exchange at our universities, to conduct important research, and to contribute substantially to our economy, among other things.” Read her full statement.

On behalf of the leadership at UCSF, I want to echo President Napolitano’s concerns about the chilling effect this could have on immigrants seeking health care, housing opportunities, and other vital benefits to which they are legally entitled. This includes our own students, patients, and community members.

Last year, we mobilized the UCSF community to speak out against this harmful rule. Despite the outcome, UCSF remains committed to standing up for diversity and inclusion, for compassionate care for every individual regardless of immigration or economic status. We will continue to speak out on policies that make an impact on our mission and values, and I encourage you to sign up for the UCSF Advocates program to stay connected to these issues.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor