#BeaconTuesday: Stop Trump’s Public Charge Rule
Here at LatinX, we take the issues affecting our communities to heart. From fighting climate change to sending aid to help families torn apart at the border, we want to encourage everyone to do their part and get motivated.
This week, we’re highlighting ACLU, and the work they’re doing to stop Trump’s Public Charge rule.
The Trump administration wants to block visas and green cards for immigrants who they deem likely to become a “public charge” – upending longstanding immigration policy. This means that immigration officials could decide you are too old, too young, too poor, or too sick to reside in the United States.
The proposed rules would impose harsh and unnecessary discrimination and exclusions on individuals who are otherwise eligible for entry or for changing their immigration status. It would especially affect people with disabilities, excluding them from our country by claiming they’re more likely to need government assistance. That’s not only cruel, it’s illegal: The Rehabilitation Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone on the basis of disability, whether or not they’re a citizen.
The Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comments on the public charge rule until December 10. If enough of us make clear that we won’t tolerate Trump’s intolerant immigration policy, then they just might bend to public pressure. Make your public comment now: Stop Trump’s heartless public charge rule.