Make your voice heard on behalf of immigrants

Take action today and stand with immigrants! 
https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USCIS-2010-0012-0001

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to make immigrants ineligible for citizenship or green cards based on an episode of poverty. Legal immigrants who followed the rules should not face possible deportation or non-renewal of their green card because they or their sponsor, often an American citizen, lost their job or are working class and used public benefits like food stamps or subsidized healthcare any time in the past 20 years. 

The proposed regulation change targets legal immigration to the United States and will have dramatic negative impacts on economic security, public health, and the ability of families to stay together. 

Immigrants should have access to public benefits to take care of their families.

You can submit comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security here by clicking on the "Comment Now!" button near the top right corner of the page.

If you are an immigrant, tell your story or your family’s story. If you know an immigrant or their family, tell their story. Or, you can copy and paste one of the comments below:

  • "I oppose the proposed public charge rule that would deter thousands of families from seeking life-saving basic supports. Receiving non-cash benefits has never been and should not now be a factor in determining whether an individual can gain entry into the country."
  • "The proposed regulation would make, and has already made, immigrant families afraid to seek programs that support their basic needs. The proposal could prevent immigrants from using the programs their tax dollars help support, preventing access to health, nutritious food, and secure housing. It would make poverty worse by discouraging enrollment in programs that address health, hunger, and economic security, with profound consequences on families’ well-being and long-term success."
  • "The Department should immediately withdraw its current proposal and dedicate its efforts to advancing policies that strengthen—rather than undermine—the ability of immigrants to support themselves and their families in the future."
  • "The fear created by the proposed rule would extend far beyond any individual who may be subject to the “public charge” test, harming entire communities as well as the infrastructure that serves all of us. Community providers have already reported changes in healthcare use, including decreased participation in Medicaid, SNAP, and other programs due to fears stemming from the leaked draft rule changes. I oppose the proposed public charge rule."
  • "This rule is another attack on immigrants whose only 'mistake' is losing a job or their economic support. Legal migrants who followed the rules should not face possible deportation or non-renewal of their green card merely because they or their sponsor, often an American citizen, lost their job or are working class."
  • "As a person of faith I am deeply concerned about this proposed administrative rule change’s impact for our immigrant community members and their families. Basic services like food, housing, and healthcare have the potential of being denied. My faith tradition's values speak of welcome to the stranger, unity of the family, and care for the well-being of all who reside in our state and nation. For these reasons, the Department should immediately withdraw its current proposal and dedicate its efforts to advancing policies that strengthen—rather than undermine—the ability of immigrants to support themselves and their families in the future."

For more information, you can view a Public Charge: Facts & Information webinar (presented by the USCCB)     https://justiceforimmigrants.org/webinars/2813/

Pray for the families who will be impacted by these potential changes:

Prayer for Those in Poverty
God of Justice, open our eyes
to see you in the face of those in poverty.
Open our ears to hear you
in the cries of those exploited.
Open our mouths to defend you
in the public squares as well as in private deeds.
Remind us that what we do to the least ones, we do to you.
Amen

(From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April 1998)
Thank you for taking action and speaking for our community!

Josephine Tamayo Murray, MSW
Vice-President for Public Policy
Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services of Western WA
(206) 328-5701

www.ccsww.org