The White House released a sweeping new immigration regulation proposal, known as the “Public Charge” rule. If adopted, the rule could have a negative impact on Utah and may lead to increased poverty, hunger, unmet health care needs and trauma for communities across Utah. Although the rule has softened with persistent opposition by advocates who noted the original version’s blatant discrimination against children, the policy remains a significant and harmful departure from current policy.
One major problem with the Public Charge rule is that it could chill access to critical programs that help Utahns and their families access essential needs, including health care, food, and housing. The proposed rule also ignores the contributions of working immigrants who are valued members of our Utah communities and no more likely to use public benefits than citizens. It sends a concerning message to immigrant communities and runs counter to Utah values.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Submit a public comment on the proposed “Public Charge” rule by clicking here to let the White House know you oppose the Public Charge rule and would like to see state and national leaders instead work with immigrant communities to support immigrants as healthy, productive and successful members of American society. Please personalize your message to show support for our immigrant friends and neighbors. Comments must be submitted by December 10th.