WASHINGTON – The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) released this statement regarding the new public charge rules announced today by the Trump administration.

Joshua Hoyt, NPNA’s Executive Director:

“The Trump administration’s decision to move forward with its proposed “public charge” regulation is cruel and discriminatory. For all of United States history, some immigrants have been exploited doing back-breaking, low-wage work. Now, the Trump administration will punish them for being poor. The administration is targeting those who depend on public benefits in order to feed their families and for their survival. It will make poverty for newcomers a barrier to lawful permanent residency – a “second wall” that creates two-tier access to U.S. citizenship. This is truly un-American.”

“The proposed regulation, which will not be effective until October 15, has already resulted in immigrants withdrawing from public benefits programs out of fear that it will separate their families. It represents an escalation of “second wall” attacks against immigrants, hurting their children, threatening their livelihoods, and making it impossible for them to obtain legal status in this country. Rather than solve problems, it continues them, while threatening their livelihoods and seeking to divide us as a country. The “public charge” regulation is an extension of the “no Muslims” bans and separation of families in Mississippi and at the border.”

“This is one of the most destructive policies that Trump has put forward. NPNA and our members across the nation will not be intimidated. Through the NPNA Family Protection Network, we will work with our communities so that they know their rights, know what benefits and resources are available, and so that they remain with their families and in their communities.”

NPNA categorizes ‘2nd wall’ obstacles as deliberate attempts by USCIS to create bureaucratic barriers that further strangle access to citizenship and voting for immigrants, especially for the most vulnerable.

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The National Partnership for New Americans, a national, multiethnic, multiracial partnership of 35 immigrants and refugee rights organizations across 37 states who work to promote citizenship and integration among our diverse immigrant and refugee communities for the benefit of all Americans.

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