Immigrant Issues

Our state and our country are defined by the immigrant experience. Most of our ancestors were immigrants who came to the United States to seek a better life, escape persecution, and build thriving communities. New immigrants continue to be a vital part of the Rhode Island community.

The Economic Progress Institute recognizes that immigrants and immigration play a large role in the Ocean State's economy and our future. We believe that broadly shared prosperity means that all Rhode Islanders, regardless of their immigration status, should have equal access to resources and economic opportunities that allow them to achieve their full potential.

This page provides information about resources available to our immigrant neighbors:


Public Charge

EPI has prepared a new fact sheet and memo to help Rhode Island immigrants, policy makers, and advocates understand the new changes to public charge. 

Please also see: 

New Health Care Eligibility Fact Sheet and Brochure for Immigrants

EPI has prepared a new factsheet and brochure to help Rhode Island immigrants understand and access health coverage available to them based on eligibility. The fact sheet outlines the many options available to immigrants, depending on immigration status, for accessing affordable quality health care.

  • RI Health Care Fact Sheet for Immigrants  (ENGLISH)
  • RI Health Care Fact Sheet for Immigrants  (SPANISH)

Family Preparedness Plan

If you think you might be detained or deported, making a plan for someone to care for your child can help create stability in their care and allow someone trusted to be in charge of them.

This guide will help you create a plan for your children's care.

For more general information on your rights as an immigrant and how to protect yourself during ICE raids you can read about that here.



Public Charge Fact Sheet 2020 (ENGLISH/SPANISH/ HAITIAN/HMONG)

Court Decision on TPS - SEPT 2020 -

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