Stop the “Public Charge” Immigration Regulation Change

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The new public charge proposal hurts current and potential immigrants by expanding on the grounds to prevent them from obtaining legal status. Doing so hurts children, for their parents won't be able to get the support they need without risking their journey to obtaining a legal status.

A “public charge” is a person deemed likely to become primarily dependent on the government for financial or material support upon gaining legal status in the US. The proposed regulation change penalizes immigrants and their children for receiving public benefits, making it more likely that they will forgo the assistance they need from programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, housing assistance, and more.

"The changes will increase fear and confusion among all legal immigrant families, leading to decreased participation in health coverage and other programs for themselves and their children. This would contribute to more uninsured and negatively impact the health and financial stability of families as well as growth and healthy development of their predominantly U.S.-born citizen children."

Grace Chimene President, League of Women Voters of Texas

There is a 60-day period where the public will be allowed to submit their comments on the public charge statute. This is where you come in.

We need you to tell the government how the proposed regulation change would affect you, your family, and all of Texas.

You can easily submit your comment here from your smart phone, laptop, or computer.

We understand that it may be difficult to come up with a comment. Here are three examples to help you. Feel free to copy and paste them into the public comments portal.

The administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States. Under the new rule, immigrants who legally access health care, safe housing, and healthy food programs could e denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, having children, or dealing with a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent future in the United States.

This policy will lead to more poverty, hunger, unmet health needs, & racial disparities. Our communities don't need that kind of “help” from new federal regulations. But it's what would happen under the draft federal "public charge" rule.

All of us, regardless of where we were born, suffer when immigrants are penalized for trying to meet their basic needs & paying for them with their tax dollars. Harming immigrants hurts families and communities. We won't build a stronger nation by weakening the families who live in it.

The League of Women Voters US' stance on immigration is as follows:

"Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises; and provide for student visas. Ensure fair treatment under the law for all persons. In transition to a reformed system, support provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status."

 

We will do everything in our power to correct this issue before it’s too late. Stand with the League as we fight back against this proposal.

Issues referenced by this action alert: 
Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises.