So, for those who think the public charge rule is a good idea, please think twice. Are we, as a society, willing to put the welfare of children on the line? And if so, at what cost? The history of America is scarred by politically expedient decisions that exacerbated inequalities in our society (especially among minority children and families). These inequalities reduced the nation’s economic potential and had long term consequences. We are still struggling to solve the difficult social problems that arose from them. We now have a chance to be smarter and do better — not only for the good of immigrant families and their American children, but for the benefit of all. The public charge rule should not be approved.