from RDTC member Diane Vella:
The Trump administration is proposing changes to the Federal “Public Charge” laws. These changes will prevent any immigrant who has ever received public help (food, housing subsidy, health care subsidy, etc.) from obtaining citizenship. This applies to ALL immigrants, even those who are here legally. ECCO feels that this is discriminatory against those with medical issues and those who are dealing with issues of poverty. The public comment period is now underway, and will be open only until December 10. We need as many letters and posted comments as possible. Legally, paper letters require a response from DHS to the sender.
letters to : Ms. Samantha Deshommes
Office of Policy and Strategy U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
20 Massachusetts Ave.,NW
Washington, DC 20529-2140
DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012
follow website instructions for submitting comments
For more info on this issue, see also:
National Immigrant Law Center’s site Protecting Immigrant Families
NILC main site page on the issue
Kaiser Family Fund on effect on health care coverage and use
Even Forbes explains how this is not good for Corps hoping to retain H-1B workers
Who would be for such a change????
Center for Immigration Studies – explains what “charge doctrine” is – 2001
They argued even back in 2001 that only ‘qualified’, ‘capable’ people should be able to immigrate.
I guess all those fans of chapter 18 of Leviticus (you know, the anti-sex-between-two-men bits) fell asleep before chapter 19
“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt….”