Anticipated Public Benefits Executive Order Statement Sign-On
SIGN-ON STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER
Please note: the executive order (EO) has not been signed yet. This statement is in response to the leaked draft of the executive order published at the following link: http://bit.ly/LeakedPublicChargeEOdraft

More info about the proposed rule here:

Please note that this sign-on is for ORGANIZATIONS (including national, state, and local organizations). Names of individuals are for contact purposes only.

For questions about the statement, please contact Jackie Vimo: vimo@nilc.org.

STATEMENT ON PUBLIC CHARGE PROPOSED RULE

Today, XXXX, theTrump Administration published a radical new regulatory proposal that endangers the lives of immigrant families, including United States citizen children. This is not the kind of nation we want to be. By forcing immigrant families to choose between meeting basic needs and keeping their family together in the U.S., the proposed rule would drive up poverty, hunger, unmet health care needs, and worsen a range of other problems facing communities across the U.S.

The rule would mark a fundamental change from our nation's historic commitment to welcoming immigrants. The proposed policy would radically reshape our legal immigration system, redefine who is ‘worthy’ of being an American, and what we look like as a country. No longer would we be the country that serves as a beacon for the world’s dreamers and strivers. Instead, America’s doors would be open only to the highest bidder.

The proposed rule also deepens the nation’s racial divide, turning our backs to immigrants and people of color and demeaning their contributions. Immigrants who come to the United States through a family-based petition are overwhelmingly immigrants of color, so the Administration’s choice to target family-based immigrants will worsen disparities in health, hunger, and every other social malady.

Sweeping in its effect, the rule discounts the contribution of working families. It would chill access to critical programs that help taxpaying immigrants and their families access health care, food, and other essential needs. These programs have been proven to improve participants’ health, well-being, school success, and economic security. It would put immigrant families at risk if a family member seeks access to virtually any public service. In stark contrast to decades of established policy, it punishes immigrants for not only their own use of these programs, but also their families’. With about one in four children having at least one immigrant parent, this issue touches millions and is critical now and for our nation’s future.

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose this proposed rule, which threatens the health and wellbeing of all of us, including immigrants. We urge the Administration to withdraw this dangerous proposal and work with us to build policies that support immigrants as healthy, productive and successful members of America’s communities and families.

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