The Trump Administration formally proposed sweeping regulations this morning that endanger the lives of immigrant families, including families with children born in the United States. The “public charge” regulation puts money ahead of family, and threatens to worsen hunger, poverty, and unmet health and housing needs. This is not the kind of nation we want to be.
This proposed regulation would mark a fundamental change from our nation's historic commitment to welcoming immigrants. It would radically reshape our legal immigration system, putting the wealthy at the front of the line, ahead of hardworking families who have waited years to reunite. No longer would the U.S. be a beacon for the world’s dreamers and strivers. Instead, America’s doors would be open only to the highest bidder.
The proposal also deepens the nation’s racial divide. Immigrants who come to the United States through a family-based petition are overwhelmingly immigrants of color. 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 tax-paying immigrants and their families access health care, food, and other essential needs. These programs have helped to improve participants’ health, well-being, school success, and economic security. The proposal would make—and has already made—immigrant families afraid to seek programs that support basic needs. 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 public to speak out against this dangerous proposal, by submitting comments opposing it online at www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org. We also urge the Administration to withdraw the proposal and work with us to build policies that support immigrants as healthy, productive and successful members of America’s communities and families.