Help Stop Trump Demonization of Immigrants:
An individual who might become a “public charge”, according to US immigration law, is inadmissible to the US and ineligible to become a permanent resident. However, up to now, receiving public benefits does not automatically qualify an immigrant as a public charge. Thus, non-citizens could apply for public benefits and participate in essential health, nutrition and housing programs without jeopardizing their immigration status. (Via Public Charge Fact Sheet).
However, the Trump administration has proposed changes to the “public charge” regulation to remove those essential protections. This would be Donald Trump’s most far-reaching immigration policy change and one of his most mean-spirited actions.
Under the proposed rule, the list of public benefits that count against an immigrant would greatly expand. The benefits that the administration proposes be added to the public charge list are benefits that support disadvantaged families and protect public health and child welfare. Immigrants currently receiving public services would incur increased risk of deportation and would be excluded from becoming permanent residents of the US. The chilling effect of the regulation would prevent many others from applying for benefits and services in the first place. If enacted, this regulation would dramatically enhance the misery of many immigrants who have already suffering severe misfortune.
You can submit written comments about this proposal by December 10, 2018, which must be taken into account before a final rule is issued.
So, please join me in voicing opposition to this proposed regulation.
You may submit comments on this proposed rule by any one of the following methods:
— Federal eRulemaking Portal (preferred): www.regulations.gov. Follow the website instructions for submitting comments.
— Mail: Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140.
To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 in your correspondence. Mail must be postmarked by the comment submission deadline.
One of many humanitarian agencies that offer further education on the proposed rule change and provide templates for drafting comments is CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.