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NY officials blast Trump over 'public charge' rule

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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 4:45 pm

New York leaders on Monday blasted the Trump administration after it published the final version of a rule that would make it easier for the federal government to deny green cards to legal immigrants considered likely to use public benefits like food stamps. 

The new “public charge” rule is expected to significantly reduce the number of low-income individuals who can become legal immigrants. Critics say it is racist and classist.

“This inhumane policy change is a direct threat to undercut legal migration of people of color by the Trump administration,” Make the Road New York Co-executive Director Javier Valdés said in a prepared statement.

State Attorney General Letitia James said she intends to sue to overturn the rule, calling it "egregious." Many other New York political leaders were highly critical.

“The President is launching a direct assault on our immigrant brothers and sisters,” Mayor de Blasio said in a prepared statement. “The America we know was built by hardworking dreamers from all over the world. That’s the America we’re fighting to protect. To our immigrant New Yorkers: we stand with you now and always. To our president: we’ll see you in court.”

Announcing the new policy, the Trump administration said it would help make immigrants more self-sufficient and less reliant on public assistance.

"Self-reliance, industriousness, and perseverance laid the foundation of our nation and have defined generations of hardworking immigrants seeking opportunity in the United States ever since," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said in his own statement. "Through the enforcement of the public charge inadmissibility law, we will promote these long-standing ideals and immigrant success.” 

The rule, which would take effect 60 days after its official release on Wednesday, doses not apply to refugees or individuals receiving asylum. 

"If you are worried or have questions about how ‘public charge’ could impact you or your loved ones, you can call ActionNYC at 311 or 1-800-354-0365 and say ‘public charge’ to access city-funded, trusted legal advice,” Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affair’s Commissioner Bitta Mostofi said in her own statement. “The City is here to help you make the right decision for you and your family.”

Receiving care at a NYC Health + Hospitals facility will not result in an individual being identified to the federal government as a public charge, the de Blasio administration said Monday. Nor will the usage of NYC Care, the city’s new healthcare program for people without insurance.

NYC Health + Hospitals is telling patients with questions to call (212) 659-6188 to get confidential, no-cost legal services from the New York Legal Assistance Group’s LegalHealth division.

Some social programs, like Medicaid for Pregnant Women and Emergency Medicaid, will not be public charge triggers at all. 

On Twitter, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens) said the rule is President Trump’s “latest attack on legal immigrants & undermines our nation’s immigrant heritage.” She is co-sponsoring legislation crafted to stop the new “public charge” proposal.

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  • stan chaz posted at 3:29 am on Mon, Oct 21, 2019.

    stan chaz Posts: 33

    A new Public Charge rule?

    No! -- what this immoral & shameless administration instead needs is a Public Decency rule - FOR ITSELF.

    If Trump & Co had any decency and morals left, they would recognize the many multitudes of immigrants that came to this country with nary a dollar in their pocket. Those same imnigrants who came not only to make a better life for themselves and their descendants, but to also make this country a better place with their sweat & struggles & toil & tears. The vast majority gave (and gave up) much much more than any helping hand they might have gratefully accepted along their difficult way in America. In large part they, and not Trump, made America great.

    Shameless immigration Czar Steven Miller needs to examine & embrace his own immigrant family history, and shameful Donald Trump needs to realize that not all of us have a father giving us multimillion dollar grants to start our lives. Heck, where will he get his hotel workers - and his next three immigrant wives - if he shuts off immigration to please his xenophobic base?

    Sadly, our immigrant ancestors must be turning over in their graves at this administration’s sordid attempts to tarnish both the American Immigrant Dream, and the worldwide hope & image of an inclusive, inspiring & welcoming America.

    However this too will pass, it will pass. Persevere my friends-- for this is not the real America that you hear and see in Trump’s hateful & divisive political pandering & lawless policies. There is too much beautiful immigrant blood flowing in the diverse American mosaic to let these callous policies stand. Decency will prevail. Trump & Trumpism will not succeed.

    The sooner that this sorry excuse-for-a-President is impeached & removed, or defeated at the ballot box, the better for America and its cherished values. Send him back (as he likes to shout at immigrants in his Hitleresque rallies), send HIM back to playing golf 100% of the time, instead of just the 90% he does now - in between his tweet-tantrums & cheeseburgers of course .

    Better yet, indict him for his lawlessness when he leaves office, and let him personally feel some of the same suffering he has inflicted on so many innocent immigrant children in cages. It would only be fitting.

    Of course in the sensible American system he will no doubt be pardoned to promote social healing & reconciliation, as Nixon was. But still, it would be nice if actual justice prevailed for once --if only to curb future American Presidents from thinking that they’re King.