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The Trump administration is trying to radically expand the "public charge" rule to dozens of federal and state programs.

Of all the proposed changes to the immigration system, this will have the greatest impact
The public charge rule expansion is effectively a wealth tax.

1 in 3 Americans today would not meet this proposed test
Today is the final day to submit comments to oppose the proposed expansion
So far around 200,000 comments have been submitted
Next up to speak are three individuals who would be impacted by these rules
One of the most cynical aspects of the proposed change is that it is designed to chill immigrants *already in this country* from applying for benefits they are legally entitled to if they fear it will negatively impact the chances of family members gaining admission
Dr. Leana Wen, the new Executive Director of PPFA is now up

Calls the rule "unconscionable" and "unjust"
Dr. Wen tells her own immigration story.

Says her story is in many ways "typical" in that her parents worked multiple jobs and at times relied on Medicaid, WIC, and other public benefits

Dr. Wen went to public school
Dr. Wen now speaking from her role as a doctor and her experiences when people are too afraid to seek services based on their immigration and citizenship status
Dr. Wen now speaking about the public health cost of this kind of chill.

Preventable and manageable conditions will go untreated
Health care is a human rights and immigration rights are human rights, Dr. Wen closes
Democratic member-elect for the New York State Assembly, Catalina Cruz
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) now addressing the public charge rule change
Calls the proposed change racist and anti-family

Details the impact the change would have on the Asian-American community
82% of all Asian-Americans living in the country are here because of the family immigration system, she says
Notes that the way the change was announced was via a leak over a year ago and that this has already caused confusion and disenrolling from public benefits
Spokesperson from UndocuBlack Network a now up addressing the impact on the Black immigrant community.

Their work:
This rule will cause uncertainty and financial hardship for families across communities
NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner, Bitta Mostofi is the next speaker

This is a backdoor immigration ban, Mostofi says
Describes constituent fears shared with her

Over 300,000 New Yorkers might be chilled from continuing to get the resources they need, Mostofi says
What happens when a child is unable to get the nutritional benefits they need, she asks
Our responsibility as government will be critically impacted if the proposed rule goes into effect, she says.

Also says that this fight is not over
CLASP speaking now about research they have on the chilling effect the proposed rule change has already had-- pregnant people pulling themselves off WIC for example
Comments can be submitted here until 11:59 ET
I double-checked the time because *JESS SPEAKING HERE* y'all are familiar with my timezone struggles
Presser is over. Want more information on what's at stake?
And with that @Hegemommy is out for now. Thanks for tuning in and don't forget SUBMIT A COMMENT IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO
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