What’s Been Proposed?
If the policy is changed, U.S. immigration officials could deny green cards to immigrants simply because they are not wealthy, have a preexisting health condition, or have received public benefits. This rule will cause immigrant families to be afraid to provide basic food and health care for their loved ones.
The proposed rule would change longstanding immigration policy. For more than 100 years, if someone is determined likely to become dependent on the government for cash assistance or long-term institutional care (also known as “public charge”), the government can deny admission to the U.S. or refuse an application for lawful permanent residency (a green card). But public charge has never been interpreted so broadly, in a way that would have such tragic consequences for immigrant families, our communities, and the future of our country.
If the rule is finalized, immigration officials could consider a much wider range of government programs in the “public charge” determination. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, being a child or a senior, having a number of children, not speaking English well, or having a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent legal status.
For more information and resources, visit www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org.
Why Leave a Comment Today?
Federal law gives all of us a chance to fight back, by submitting a “public comment” on the proposed Trump regulation. The government must consider each perspective and either explain why they disagree with it or change the rule.
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Make sure your comment is submitted on or before December 10th. Don’t delay! This comment period is the best — and only — period for the public to weigh in.
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