Submit comments opposing the ‘public charge’ proposal
Emma Lazarus’ poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty invites the world to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” For centuries, people have come with little or nothing, and built new lives and new fortunes here. It’s the American Dream.

But now the Trump administration wants to slam the door on working-class 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).

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 FPL 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.

This is an assault on America’s fundamental values, and we must fight back. Whether you’re an immigrant yourself, a community advocate, a service provider, a business owner, an elected official or just a concerned citizen, you can help us ensure that the government receives an overwhelming number of unique comments on this issue.

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We need comments from experts, public officials and advocates as well as from concerned citizens and immigrants who may be personally affected by this rule change. Note that even if you’re submitting comments in your professional capacity, you may want to include your personal perspective as well. Many doctors who treat immigrant patients, e.g., are immigrants or children of immigrants themselves.
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