Speak up about the Public Charge Rule for immigrants

November 28th, 2018|Action of the Day|0 Comments

The White House has proposed a change to long standing bipartisan immigration policy that helps determine eligibility for green cards and admission to the U.S. The proposed change would allow officials to consider an applicant’s use of available services for low income families such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or housing assistance when determining immigration status of the applicant. This rule would specifically apply to legal immigrant households.

Approximately 1 in 4 children (18 million) live in a family with at least one immigrant parent, and children of immigrants are the fastest-growing group of American children. The majority of children of immigrants live in a household where both parents are working but are employed in lower-paying jobs that don’t provide enough income for them to meet their families’ needs. Holding the legal use of benefits against immigrants in the green card process threatens the economic security of immigrant families and the health and wellbeing of their children.

Before the rule can be finalized, the administration is required to review and respond to every single unique comment. The comment period is open until December 10th.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Please voice your concerns about this cruel policy by submitting a public comment here BEFORE DECEMBER 10TH. Remember, comments are only counted if they are unique, so please try and put your own voice in your comment, but feel free to consider the talking points below.

Talking Points

  • Older adults are a vibrant and essential part of America, but the “public charge” regulation ignores their value and, worse, jeopardizes their health and future in this country.
  • The administration’s heartless changes to the “public charge” rule would send the message that people who are older, people with disabilities, and people with pre-existing conditions are not welcome in America.
  • The Trump administration’s rule change is a matter of life and death— threatening the health of millions who receive critical care through programs like Medicaid.
  • Trump’s unfair public charge regulation would dismiss people with disabilities and with pre-existing conditions, cutting them off from programs and services they need while creating a system that heavily favors the wealthy.
  • Older adults are a vibrant and essential part of America, but the “public charge” regulation ignores their value and, worse, jeopardizes their health and future in this country.
  • The administration’s heartless changes to the “public charge” rule would send the message that people who are older, people with disabilities, and people with pre-existing conditions are not welcome in America.
  • The Trump administration’s rule change is a matter of life and death— threatening the health of millions who receive critical care through programs like Medicaid.
  • Trump’s unfair public charge regulation would dismiss people with disabilities and with pre-existing conditions, cutting them off from programs and services they need while creating a system that heavily favors the wealthy.

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