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Melissa Boteach @mboteach
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It’s official. Trump has published his radical #publiccharge rule in the federal register.

Now it’s up to to us to generate thousands and thousands of comments to #protectfamilies

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.@amprog statement…
The public charge rule is nothing more than an elitist and discriminatory wealth test that will hurt people regardless of their immigration status.
As @inclusionist has detailed, DHS acknowledges IN THE 400+ PAGE PROPOSED RULE that its policy would increase poverty and housing insecurity, reduce educational attainment, and have negative effects on businesses and charities.
My colleague @TomJawetz notes: "The Trump administration’s proposed rule would radically reshape the face of future immigration to this country, granting individual officers and agents UNPRECEDENTED discretion to discriminate against working families."
Here's the deal: This #publiccharge proposal favors wealth over family, rigs immigration system for the rich & opens door to greater abuse/discrimination. That's bad however you cut it. But it will have ripple effects across ANY issue you care about. so let's flag those for DHS!
FAMILY SEPARATION: If this rule is finalized, hundreds of thousands of US citizens won't be able to reunite w/close family (incl spouses/children) because they could be denied on #publiccharge grounds. Think #FamiliesBelongTogether?

Submit a comment!
ABUSE OF POWER: If this rule is finalized, Trump (w/big assist from Stephen Miller) will have UNILATERALLY rewritten our family-based immigration system w/out going thru Congress. Don't dig authoritarian government? Submit a comment!
DISABILITY: If #publiccharge rule is finalized, discrimination based on disability status will flourish. Having a health condition alone could bar you from reuniting w/family in US. #cripthevote…
Let's let them know that's wrong!
HEALTH: Acc to DHS the rule will result in: worse health outcomes, including esp for pregnant/breastfeeding women & kids, more uncompensated care, increased communicable diseases, less prescription adherence, more emergency room use.

Think that's wrong?
CIVIL RIGHTS: This would grant UNPRECEDENTED power to immigration officials. If they think a green card applicant MIGHT at ANY TIME (including after they become a citizen) use supplementary health, food or housing assistance, they could deny them on #publiccharge grounds.
Given what we know abt implicit bias & abt public charge's history of abuse (i.e. keeping out Irish Catholics, Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, #PWD,...) does anyone seriously think that race, LGBT status, etc... won't come into play?

Let's let DHS know!
EDUCATION: #publiccharge leaks have already caused tens of thousands of immigrants & their US citizen kids to dis-enroll frm health, nutrition &other benefits. Research shows that stressed, hungry & sick kids have harder time learning. You know what to do!
LGBT Rights: #Publiccharge has history of being used to discriminate against LGBT immigrants & separate LGBT families, deeming them "degenerates" The unprecedented power this rule gives immigration officials will spark greater discrimination
The list goes on (I'll keep updating....). But here's the point. We need to generate mass push back via the comment process. The Trump admin must address EACH & EVERY UNIQUE comment before finalizing. So let's give them something to address!
This rule impacts nearly every sector & constituency: businesses, state/local govs, hospitals/healthcare providers, schools, faith institutions, service providers because immigrants are our family, friends, neighbors, caregivers, employees, & coworkers. #protectimmigrantfamilies
Thanks to @NILC_org & @CLASP_DC our fearless leaders in the #protectimmigrantfamilies campaign. Contact them if you need more info to support submission of a comment!
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