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Asylum & Immigration

NCLR Statement on Trump’s Proposed Public Charge Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2018
Contact:
Lauren Gray, NCLR lgray@nclrights.org / 215.983.3099

NCLR Responds to the Cruelty of the Trump Administration’s Attack on Immigrant Families through its Proposed Public Charge Rule

WASHINGTON, DC— Today the Trump administration published a proposed rule that would allow federal officials to deny a green card or permanent residency to immigrants they think may be likely to use Medicaid, food stamps, or public housing now or anytime in the future. This proposed rule would make it more difficult for documented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and cruelly forces individuals to choose between accessing critical services and keeping their family together.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Policy Counsel Tyrone Hanley issued the following statement in response:

“The Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule fundamentally changes our nation’s immigration system, is yet another cruel attack on immigrant communities, and seeks to needlessly block these families from accessing the vital services they need. This regulation would make using health, anti-hunger, or affordable housing programs a disqualifier for immigration—putting millions of families at risk and resulting in a sicker, hungrier, poorer nation.

“According to the Williams Institute, there are an estimated 637,000 LGBT-identified adult immigrants. There are an estimated 24,700 non-citizens who are part of a same-sex couple with a U.S. citizen, and a quarter are raising children. Immigration is a critical LGBT issue, and we will fight the proposed public charge rule with the full force of our community.”

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