Advocates Call Trump Rule to Take Food Aid Away from Legal Immigrants “Cruel, Immoral, and Counterproductive”

08.12.2019

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Nicole Aber, (646) 627-7741, Naber@hungerfreeamerica.org           

Trump Rule Takes Food Aid Away from Legal Immigrants

Advocates Call Move “Cruel, Immoral, and Counterproductive”

  Anti-Hunger Group to Support Opposition to Rule in Courts and Congress

The Trump Administration just issued a rule making it harder for legal immigrants to become permanent residents if they use public benefits such as food assistance.

Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide direct service and advocacy organization, just released this statement in response:

“The impact of this draconian rule will also have disastrous implications on many immigrants and American-born children. It is cruel to deny food and other aid to their parents, who are legally in America, and often performing the nation’s hardest, lowest-paid, and most dangerous work, including constructing our buildings, picking our food, and caring for our children. 

Such a policy would also violate every moral tradition. The Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 27, states, ‘Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner.’ In the New Testament, in Matthew 25, Christ preaches that giving food, clothing, and shelter to the ‘least of these’ – including immigrants -– is tantamount to aiding the Lord, and that refusing to do so could result in ‘eternal punishment.’ Every other religious and secular ethical tradition teaches the importance of welcoming and aiding refugees and other immigrants.

This policy would also be counter-productive, making it more difficult for immigrants to enter the nation’s economic mainstream. Census data proves that immigrants who are able to become naturalized citizens of the U.S. have, on average, lower poverty rates and higher income than native-born Americans. That is why making it harder for struggling immigrants to become citizens will make the country both poorer and hungrier.

We will support the efforts others have vowed to oppose this rule in the courts. We will also seek to get Congress to overturn it. We can’t allow this heartless policy to stand.” 

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