The Trump administration just formally announced a proposal that would force legal immigrant families to make an unfathomable choice: either turn down food aid that their family needs to avoid hunger or risk losing a path to citizenship that could keep their family together.
Under the new proposed changes to the so called “public charge” rule, immigrants receiving any amount of public benefits for food, housing, or health care would be deemed a public charge that would be ineligible for lawful permanent status.
This is a direct attack on hardworking immigrants – and a fundamental repudiation of the American spirit of compassion and welcome inscribed in the Statue of Liberty.
If enacted, the rule would also slam the economy. Even the Trump administration admits that, if enforced, this cruel new guideline would also harm hospitals, landlords, grocery stores, and farmers by limiting immigrants’ use of Medicaid, nutrition benefits, and federally-funded housing. Moreover, it would force immigrants to stay in the shadows, making it even tougher for them to enter the economic mainstream.
But there are two ways you can fight back.
1. Legally, the Department of Homeland Security is required to take public comments into consideration until December 10, 2018 before making the regulation final. Make your voice heard by taking just a few minutes to legally register your opposition to this unjust proposal.
As just one example, Mark Dwyer, one of the more than 7,000 people who have commented on the proposal so far, wrote:
“Federal nutrition programs were designed by Congress to be there for citizens and legal immigrants during difficult times, and eligibility for those programs reflects that intent. Tying their participation to their ability to reside lawfully in this country would roll back this longstanding principle and undercut our efforts to address food insecurity and poverty in our communities.”
2. Help us continue the long-term fight to protect vulnerable immigrant populations from unreasonable legislation by donating as much as you can afford to Hunger Free America.
We thank you in advance for aiding this fight.
Hunger Free America
P.S. On a personal note, I can’t help but point out that my own mother came to America through Ellis Island at the age of only two months old, along with her parents, fleeing almost certain annihilation in Europe. This nation welcomed us, and now it's all our jobs to ensure that we continue to welcome those seeking safety, health, and freedom. I do hope you can join us in this historic fight.