Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Mi Casa Resource Center Strongly Condemns Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Change
Trump Administration’s New Policy Is an Attack on Immigrant Families

DENVER, CO – On October 10, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the text of the “public charge” proposed rule change. With this change, the Trump Administration is continuing its attack on immigrant families, especially low-income families. This proposed rule change to the “public charge” guidelines would punish immigrants for accessing basic needs programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance.

“Many of our participants rely on these services while they access our programs as they work to create a better future for their families,” says Monique Lovato, CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center, a Denver-based organization that works to advance the economic success of low-income families, many of whom are immigrants. “For over 200 years, immigrants have enriched our country and our economy.”

“By making the use of these programs a disqualifier for legal status, the Trump Administration is essentially making wealth a prerequisite for legal immigration,” continues Lovato. “If immigrants are forced to choose between accessing healthy food, health care, or housing for their families and the potential of a green card or citizenship, this will make our communities less healthy and less safe.”

Before the “public charge” rule change can be finalized, the administration is required by law to review and respond to every unique public comment they receive about the proposed regulation. The public comment period is open now. Click here to submit a comment.