Nation’s Mayors to DHS Secretary Nielsen: Don’t Punish Immigrants with New Public Charge Rules

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) sent a letter signed by 90 bipartisan mayors from 29 states and the District of Columbia to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her to drop the proposed expansion of the “public charge” rule.

In the letter, the mayors state, “The new regulations take this principle to an extreme and, if adopted, would ultimately punish immigrants for accessing non-cash benefits designed to help families succeed and thrive in the United States. In our view, this proposal will compromise children’s health, nutrition, and development; impact access to health care; reduce housing options; and negatively affect our local economies.  It will force families to choose between the help they need and the people they love. Further, by disrupting many people’s pathways to citizenship, the proposed rule would also deprive immigrants and cities alike of the well-documented benefits of naturalization on earnings, employment, and homeownership.”

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