The Trump administration is launching another attack on immigrant communities – one that threatens access to health care, housing, and food assistance for low-income immigrants and their families, including U.S. citizen children.
Trump’s proposed change to a longstanding “public charge” rule would decrease access to public assistance programs for potentially millions of immigrants seeking legal residency in the U.S. That means that if someone accessed Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers, or other public benefits they are entitled to, they could be denied entry or deported.
The proposed change would force immigrant families to make the impossible choice between their health and well-being and lawful immigration status.
Here’s how you can take action today:
2. Tell the government to reject any regulation that would punish immigrants for accessing needed services. Use your own words and write from your own values. Keep in mind:
- This rule will disproportionately harm the most vulnerable in our society, including children, pregnant women, older adults, and families living paycheck to paycheck.
- Families shouldn’t have to choose between basic human rights and staying together.
- The rule unfairly targets immigrants of color in our community.
- We all benefit when all members of our communities have enough to eat, access to health care, and safe housing.
Comments must be submitted by Dec. 10.
Join AFSC and communities across the country in doing all that we can to stop the Trump administration’s latest cruel attack on our communities!