(SACRAMENTO, CA, 01/27/2020) – The Sacramento Valley/Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV/CC) joined CAIR-National today in decrying a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows a Trump administration change to immigration rules that would give the government wide-reaching ability to deny green cards to those who have participated in public aid programs.
Current immigration law classifies immigrants who are dependent on the government for more than half their income as “public charges” and prevents them from obtaining green cards and visas.
The new rule would expand the definition of public charge to include anyone receiving food stamps, Medi-Cal and housing subsidies or who is deemed “likely at any time” to do so.
That change, first announced in September and affirmed by the Supreme Court today, affects more than 380,000 people.
SEE: Supreme Court allows Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration rule
CAIR-SV/CC Executive Director Basim Elkarra said in a statement:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling today is extremely troubling. The public charge rule discriminates against the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our communities and creates a system that favors wealthy and privileged immigrants. The policy endangers lives by forcing people to choose between their family’s well-being and their legal status.”
CAIR-National Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said in a statement:
“The Supreme Court’s decision will further marginalize immigrant communities and will inevitably create a socioeconomic hierarchy in our immigration system. The Trump administration’s policy could quite literally kill people by making them too afraid to seek life-saving medical care, and the Supreme Court seems to agree such a cruel system is acceptable.”
McCaw urged Congress to co-sponsor the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019 (H.R. 3222) which would nullify the new policy.
Learn more about the rule and its effects here:
Public Charge: A New Threat to Immigrant Families
Frequently Asked Questions: Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule
Two years ago, CAIR joined more than 1,100 other organizations in an open statement strongly opposing the rule change when it was proposed last year. The Washington-based civil rights organization also submitted a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Federal Register calling on the Trump administration to withdraw the rule.
SEE: Action Alert: Join CAIR’s Petition Urging USCIS to Withdraw Trump’s Proposal to Restrict New Green Cards for Those Using Public Aid
CAIR-SV/CC has an Immigrants’ Rights Center to help immigrants in the Sacramento Valley and Central California communities. Individuals and families can seek legal help from CAIR-SV/CC by filling out an intake form: http://bit.ly/cairsvccreport.
CAIR-SV/CC is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SV/CC Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or firstname.lastname@example.org