Proposed change to Public Charge rule now published; CHN urges that comments be submitted


October 10, 2018

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed Department of Homeland Security rule regarding immigrants. For more information on the rule, see this article from CHN’s October 8 Human Needs Report. 

“Today the Trump Administration officially published, for comment, a rule that would fundamentally change our country’s immigration system. CHN, in coordination with our allies, will encourage our members and supporters to submit individually tailored comments in opposition to the rule during the 60-day comment period, which runs through Monday, Dec. 10. Comments may be submitted here.

“The Trump Administration’s proposed Public Charge rule is the latest in a series of unconscionable attacks on immigrants and immigrant communities. First, this administration tried banning Muslims from U.S. shores. Then it pursued an indescribably cruel policy of separating children from their parents at our southern border. Further, the Administration ended temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of people who had escaped dangerous conditions in their countries of origin and who now risk deportation.

“We believe the Public Charge rule would make using health, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, or affordable housing programs a disqualifier for immigration for many people, putting millions of families at risk. The proposed Public Charge rule would punish immigrants going through official immigration processes and their families for applying for or receiving benefits for which they are legally eligible. This would mean people will fear enrolling in Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) because it would render them ineligible for a green card. The legal use of Medicare prescription drug coverage or residency in public housing could also exclude immigrants from legal work status or from entering the country. There are already many limitations on non-citizens receiving assistance; this new rule will worsen the climate of fear the Trump Administration has doggedly imposed. If immigrants are too afraid to seek benefits they qualify for, the result will be a sicker, hungrier, poorer nation.

“The Coalition on Human Needs stands with the millions of immigrants who are bearing the brunt of an agenda of racial animus and exclusion. We know this agenda harms innocent people and families. It harms all of us in communities across the nation. We know it does not reflect the principles for which we stand. We join with hundreds of thousands of Americans to show the harmfulness of this proposal, and during the 60-day comment period, we will urge our many members, supporters and allies to submit individual comments detailing the potential harm of the proposed rule, and calling for its rejection.”

Categories: Deportation, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, SNAP


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  1. avatar
    November 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    Legalize marijuana in the US, this will help to stop the drug cartel and perhaps disempower them in mexico and other countries. Obviously there is a lot wrong in this world today in each country. I think each country needs to clean up their own act. including the US I suggest we begin by leading, rid our own country of poverty first. set the example. what kind of government are you anyway.
    I for one do not trust any of you. get with it. help us make this world a better place. over throw the ones keeping us all in poverty

    Posted by suzy
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    November 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

    It is unconscionable that the Trump administration is proposing to yet again take punitive measures against needy immigrants and their families. The proposed Public Charge Rule is not only a cruel and inhumane action against immigrants but is, by its very blatant nature, a desecration of the values we as Americans hold dear.

    Posted by Anne Flanz
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    November 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    The USA created (putting our tax and corporation money into the hands of dictators to destroy environmental conditions and Democracy to make mega bucks and to hell to people who are just trying to raise families and live in peace) the reason(s) that these folks are trying to escape from torture and death!

    Posted by James R Scarabin
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    October 26, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

    I strongly oppose the Public Charge Rule, denying immigrants the right to apply for needed assistance, because the Rule goes against everything that our country once stood for as a welcoming, compassionate people.

    Posted by Sister Karen T. Gaube, CSJ
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    October 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    Many of the immigrants arriving without documentation have little except the clothes on their backs. they will need enough help to survive, and our government really should help them at least until they set settled.

    Posted by William J. Wayne
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    October 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    Every current US citizen is either a former immigrant or the descendant of immigrants. (And yes, that goes for Native Americans, who are believed to have crossed over from Asia millennia ago.) Emigrants built our country: my forebears came from Europe and Africa (the Africans most likely not by their own choice, but as slaves). They are the ones we should acknowledge, not our relatively comfortable selves and our Johnny-come-lately ancestors. Anti-immigration devotees are idolizing an America that never existed–and dishonoring it by misrepresenting our true history..

    Posted by JC Honeycutt
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      October 13, 2018 at 4:28 am #

      Excuse me, No.
      As someone of native American origin, I am definitely NOT an immigrant in my own land! That “belief” is exactly that: only a belief, or an excuse, on the part of Americans of European origin to help justify generations of genocide and suppression.

      Posted by rich
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    October 12, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

    So much hatred coming from this “president”. And, as Donnie John would say “So sad”!

    Posted by Bartley Deason
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    October 12, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    Imagine that YOU and your family were fleeing from some horrendous situation in another country. Fleeing for your lives….leaving everything you own behind….just to get to a safe place to live. Some in America are so wealthy, they could not even comprehend that happening to them! In America, we say “God bless us” and “In God we trust”. But what would God say about our change in policies toward immigrants? He made the golden rule for all. I could not, in good conscience, support the new harsh changes.

    Posted by Karen Turner