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- Make it clear you oppose the rule change because it would hurt someone you love or your community. State your opposition and give a reason why in a couple of sentences.
- Name at least one part of the proposal specifically. Read more about the rule change below, and CLICK HERE FOR IDEAS AND INSPIRATION from our friends at Healthcare for America Now. There are so many aspects to how this would hurt immigrant families, from healthcare justice to women’s rights to labor to protecting children.
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About the Rule Change Proposal
The Trump Administration is using every trick in the book to attack immigrant families. In September, Trump’s appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed change to the “public charge” rule, which states that government can reject a green card application if they think the applicant is likely to be wholly dependent on government assistance.
There are currently only two benefits considered in “public charge” evaluations: cash assistance (such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for low-income seniors and people with disabilities or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)) and government-funded long-term care in institutions. Plus, even if someone is enrolled in one or more of these programs, immigration caseworkers also consider factors like age, health, education, family support, and income-earning potential when deciding whether someone is likely to become a “public charge.”
The Trump Administration wants to make the bar for “public charge” significantly lower, which would make it harder for people to get green cards and legal permanent resident status:
- Programs considered expand to almost any type of assistance like Medicaid, food stamps, Medicare prescription drug assistance, support for pregnant women and infants, Section 8 housing vouchers, and more;
- Applicants who use $1,821 or more per year in monetizable benefits during the 3 years before applying would be disqualified from getting residency;
- New income requirements would mean that a family of four would need to earn about $63,000 annually to safely clear the “public charge” litmus test;
- The list goes on… How to Write Your Comment https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQmPW6RvJF-sN48vNQKCVqXGzurk18L7hM7oArI6AsMFVHoK0tvHPxRUmWGJJe8k6nPhpSCvMgIdAVW/pub