Immigration Institute of the Bay Area statement on Trump administration’s new public charge rule

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The Trump Administration’s public charge rule was officially published to the Federal Register recently and is scheduled to take effect on October 15th.

This ruling is aimed directly at immigrant communities and threatens all of us. This new rule is an attack on our values as a nation and our collective future. The new public charge definition will redefine the U.S.’s immigration system by privileging the white and wealthy, shifting the demographics of who can immigrate to the United States and who can obtain permanent resident status in our country. It will have devastating effects on millions of immigrant families.

Immigrants will be forced to choose between essential programs that keep their families fed, sheltered, and healthy or risk losing their ability to obtain permanent resident status.

This administration has pushed a false narrative that immigrants overwhelmingly depend on the U.S. government over native born citizens.

Facts Matter: Immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. An analysis by the American Immigration Council shows that immigrants contributed 56.5 billion in federal taxes and 26.4 billion in state and local taxes in California in 2014. The administration’s policies aimed at curbing immigration will hurt all Americans.

The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area will continue to fight these constant attacks on our immigrant communities and continue to welcome and protect those seeking refuge and a better life for one’s family, regardless of economic status.

IIBA encourages the public to call their elected officials and demand that Congress take action to stop the new public charge rule from being implemented on October 15th. Tell your Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 3222, the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act to prevent federal funds from being used for this cruel policy.

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