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Comment Now on Proposed Changes to Rule to Protect Immigrants

November 2018 -- Under a proposed new regulation, community members who have legally accessed certain forms of federal benefits would be ineligible for permanent residency, forcing immigrant families to make the impossible choice between meeting their families’ basic needs and obtaining permanent legal status in the United States.

November 2018

On October 10th, the Trump administration formally announced a proposed regulation that would significantly expand the definition of “public charge” under immigration law.  "Public charge" is how the federal government refers to an individual who is primarily dependent on the government for assistance. A person who is determined to be a “public charge” is ineligible for permanent residency (a green card) in the United States.

Under the proposed regulation, community members who have legally accessed certain forms of federal benefits would be ineligible for permanent residency, forcing immigrant families to make the impossible choice between meeting their families’ basic needs and obtaining permanent legal status in the United States. Even though this is currently just a proposal, immigrants have been canceling their enrollment in government programs out of fear that their involvement will ruin any chance of remaining in the United States. The Sound Alliance strategy team joins other organizations that oppose these proposed changes.

The administration is required by law to review individual public comments on the proposed regulation for 60 days after being published.  Make your voice heard by posting your comment before December 10th, demanding a stop to this attack on families, communities, and children. Click here to submit your comment via Protecting Immigrant Families – Washington State, or directly to the federal register.

If you would like more information or to be involved with the Sound Alliance Immigrant Rights Action Team, please contact Roberta Ray, University Unitarian Church.

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