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The JALSA 100 Comment Project to Protect Immigrant Rights
Many of us have a family story about ancestors who immigrated to the United States seeking safety, equality, and a better life. Now, people who are vulnerable, who are facing violence and poverty, are at risk of being denied the possibility of making their lives in our country.

Protecting Immigrant Families describes how this new law would unjustly impact lower income immigrants, by subjecting "anyone who earns less than 250% of the federal poverty line ($62,750 for a family of 4) to intense scrutiny, and effectively excluding anyone below 125% of FPL ($31,375 for a family of 4).

In the latest attack on immigrants, the Administration has proposed a rule which would state that immigrants applying for a green card or visa could be deemed to be a "public charge" - someone who depends on the government - and turned away if they earn below 250% of the Federal Poverty Line and use any of a wide range of public programs for working families, or are deemed to be likely to use them in the future. These are programs for food, medical care, and shelter. It is outrageous to make people choose between basic human needs and the ability to apply for a green card or visa.

We have the opportunity to let our outrage be heard and stand in solidarity with those who need us. If you have any questions, wish to submit a longer comment, or wish to stay anonymous please email

We are looking to submit 100 comments from JALSA members about their immigration stories and why you believe that immigrants should not be denied an opportunity to make their lives in this country based on their needing help with basic human needs. You don't need to be an attorney -- just submit your story!

Comments are due by December 10, 2018.

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